Pak PM's reception was diplomatic courtesy: Khurshid

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 09:25 hrs

Ghaziabad: Reiterating that he did not have any substantive discussions with Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf on his daylong visit to Ajmer Sharif yesterday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said it was just a courtesy extended to the visiting dignitary from a neighbouring country.

"We did not have any formal discussions yesterday and neither was it the right occasion to do so. This is a basic courtesy that is extended to a dignitary, especially a prominent one from a neighbouring country," Khurshid told media here on the sidelines of the Central Industrial Security Force's 44th Raising Day.

" If the dignitary selects a place in our country where he gets personal peace, then we just receive them courteously with respect and allow them to do what they want. We expect the same for our pilgrims when they visit Pakistan to pay obeisance at the Sikh shrines," he added.

To a poser on whether there was achievement during the talks with the Pakistani Prime Minister, Khurshid said 'success is not achieved in one day or in one moment'.

Khurshid, who received Ashraf at the Jaipur airport yesterday, hosted a lunch in his honour at the Rambagh Palace Hotel.

Taking to the media in Jaipur after lunch yesterday, Khurshid said that it was a personal visit and that there was no formal discussion with the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister.

"This was not an occasion where I could have taken up the contentious issues, nor did I have the right to discuss those issues, which are being raised in the country and by the government. However, we will raise them at the right time and will continue to do so in the near future," said Khurshid.

"This was his personal visit and the time was not appropriate to take up any important issue, which otherwise we would have taken up at the time of an official visit," he added.

The Pakistani Prime Minister offered prayers at the historic dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during his private visit Ajmer that was marked by protests.

Ashraf, who was accompanied by his wife, sons and other relatives, offered 'chadar' and floral tributes at the Mazar of the Sufi Saint in Ajmer.

Elaborate security arrangements were made in and around the shrine keeping in view the Pakistani Prime Minister's visit. (ANI)

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