Pak PM arrives amid Ajmer boycott

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 09, 2013 07:54 hrs

Amid call for his boycott by the spiritual head of Ajmer Sharif dargah over the beheading of Indian soldiers along the border, Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived here in the capital of Rajasthan on Saturday to head for the Sufi shrine to offer prayer with family in a private visit.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with meet the Pakistan PM over lunch and then the latter would head for Ajmer by road.

Ashraf, along with members of his family, is undertaking the private visit to the sufi shrine on Saturday and will not visit New Delhi.

Earlier, the spiritual head at Ajmer Sharif has said that he will not assist Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in offering prayers when he comes to visit the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

Deewan Sayyad Zainual Aubedin Ali Khan said he he does not welcome the planned visit by the Pakistani Prime Minister in protest of the killing and beheading of Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops along the border.

"I will not welcome the Pakistani Prime Minister during his visit here in protest against the beheading of Indian soldier by Pakistani Army on LoC. The incident hurt Indians but their government is not understanding our sentiments so I took the decision," Khan was quoted as saying.

"It will be a dishonor to the families of the Indian soldiers who were beheaded by Pakistani army...I have no idea why he is coming here," he said.

Salman Khurshid when approached by media said Indians know how to welcome their guests and the question should be asked to the cleric instead of him.

Khurshid on Friday said that he would receive and host a lunch at the Hotel Rambag Palace in Ajmer on that day for the visiting dignitary as a courtesy

"This is a private visit. I will be there briefly just to extend the courtesy of receiving him, that´s all," he said.

Ties between India and Pakistan had strained earlier this year after Pakistani troops killed and mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

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