Bihar CM Nitish Kumar terms goodwill visit to Pakistan as 'fruitful'

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 14:40 hrs

Advocating frequent and more people-to-people contact between India and Pakistan, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday termed his goodwill visit to Pakistan as 'fruitful' on his return.

Kumar said both New Delhi and Islamabad should strive to strengthen cordial ties on all fronts such as trade, sports, education, healthcare and culture.

"After visiting the country (Pakistan), I believe that the emotions of peace and amity are same among the people of Pakistan; they also believe that the relations should be improved. The atmosphere of peace should be built. People from both the countries should exchange visits," said Kumar.

"They were happy to see and meet our delegation. Recently, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab also went to Pakistan followed by another visit of Indian delegation. People welcomed us very nicely and took good care of us," he added.

An eleven-member delegation from Bihar headed by Kumar also called on President Asif Ali Zardari during their stay at Islamabad.

In a gesture of goodwill, the Pakistani President Zardari hosted a special dinner for the visitors from Bihar at the President's House in Islamabad on the occasion of Diwali.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah and other leaders of the Pakistan People's Party were also present on the occasion. (ANI)

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