Karachi: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is on a visit to Karachi along with a 12-member delegation in an effort to strengthen ties between the two nuclear-powered countries, have been given a warm welcome and the highest level of security.
Kumar was accorded a red carpet welcome as he arrived here on Friday on a week-long visit. Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah received him at the airport.
For moving around Pakistan's financial hub, Kumar has been given a black bulletproof limo that President Zardari uses when he is in Karachi. Moreover, the five-star hotel that he'll be staying at over the next three days has been transformed into a fortress.
Speaking at Jinnah International Airport shortly after landing, Kumar said such exchange of delegations will improve relations between India and Pakistan.
"Peace, brotherhood and development is the call of the people in both the countries and that is why I am here," a report quoted Kumar as saying.
The security accorded to Kumar and his delegation becomes all the more significant considering the fact that Karachi has been experiencing violence at regular intervals in the recent past.