NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will visit India for the first time this week for a day-long pilgrimage to an Islamic shrine, a senior government official said in New Delhi yestereday. “Pakistan’s prime minister will be in India on Saturday. This is a private visit and he will be accompanied by his family and other officials,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
“He is not expected to meet any Indian political leaders. This is clearly a religious and spiritual trip,” he told AFP.
Ashraf and his family are expected to pray at the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz in Ajmer Sharif, some 400 km west of New Delhi. It will be the most senior visit from a Pakistani official to India since last April when President Asif Ali Zardari embarked on a similar pilgrimage and then had a lunch meeting with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. AFP