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Ajmer gears up for Zadari's visit

April 4, 2012 - Ajmer

Protocol and other government officials in Rajasthan's Ajmer city are giving final touches to preparations for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's visit on April 8.

Zardari is expected to pay obeisance and offer prayers at the Dargah of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

Though there has been no official confirmation about the visit from the Pakistani side, authorities in Ajmer are hopeful that Zardari won't give it a miss.

Zardari had visited the shrine last time in 2008 with his wife Benazir.

Speaking to reporters here, Dargah cleric Sayed Iqbal said people of Ajmer are very excited about Zardari's visit and are all set to welcome him.

"I have heard that on April 8 Pakistani President Asif is coming here. I am very happy to hear this and we are preparing for his arrival. Last time he came here in 2005 with his wife Benazir. She had a firm belief in this place and Zardari also developed a belief for this place and he prayed here. And now again he is coming to this place," said Sayed Iqbal.

The Ministry of External Affairs is overseeing all arrangements for the visit.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had earlier invited both President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to visit India for last year's World Cup match in Mohali.


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