New Delhi, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for a day-long visit to the country during which he will have a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the capital and will leave for Ajmer to pay obeisance at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal received President Zardari at the airport in the Captital. Bansal will also accompany Zardari to the Ajmer shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Zardari headed straight to the Prime Minister’s official residence at 7 Race Course Road for the one-on-one talks.
President Zardari is accompanied by 40-member delegation including his 23-year-old son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who took over the reins of PPP after the martyrdom of his mother Benazir Bhutto in 2007, Interior Minister Rahman Malik, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and senior officials of Presidency.
Though there is no structured agenda for his talks with Singh “the leaders are expected to focus on bilateral issues,” the Indian media reported quoting officials sources in Delhi.
Ahead of the visit, both sides had made it clear that the two leaders will talk about issues of mutual concern.
This is the first presidential visit of India from Pakistan.
Around 2,000 police personnel have been deployed for President Zardari’s visit to New Delhi, while the Rajasthan city of Ajmer has already been turned into a fortress for the Pakistani president who along with his son Bilawal and others will offer prayers at the Sufi shrine, Indian media said.