Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar offered prayers at the shrine of a popular sufi saint in the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday July 28th, a day after holding peace talks with her counterpart S.M. Krishna.
She visited the “dargah” or the mausoleum of the famous Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya, equally popular among Muslim and Hindu followers for centuries.
Later in the day she is also scheduled to visit another famous shrine — the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s dargah in Ajmer city of India’s northwestern Rajasthan state.
Khar is scheduled to leave for Lahore after her visit to the shrine in Ajmer.
The two countries resumed formal peace talks in February 2011, after suspension of dialogue following militant attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 by Pakistan-based militants that killed 166 people.
On her arrival to India on Tuesday July 26th, Khar had planned to unburden the relationship from the baggage of history.
India and Pakistan in February resumed a formal peace process, which broke off after the 2008 attack on India’s financial capital of Mumbai by Pakistan-based militants, in which 166 people were killed.
After her arrival on Tuesday, Khar first met senior Kashmiri separatist leaders, including hardliner Syed Ali Geelani. Her meeting with the separatist leaders indicated the importance attached to the disputed region.
Kashmir has been at the core of their acrimonious relationship over the past six decades with the nuclear-armed neighbours having fought two of their three wars since 1947 over the disputed territory, which is claimed by both in full but ruled in parts.
Khar met her Indian counterpart S. M. Krishna on Wednesday July 27th in New Delhi to push forward the bilateral peace process.
She also met Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and senior leader of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday.
The countries have fought three full-scale wars since winning independence in 1947, two of them over Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan region both claim in full but rule in part. (REUTERS)