- President Zardari will be given a Chadar to carry to Baba Farid dargah in Punjab province of Pakistan
- Zardari's entourage reaches Nizam gate, the first gate of the dargah. Anjuman committee secretary greeted him at the gate.
- Syed Iqbal Kaptan and his two sons will be the khadims, who will make Zardari and his family do ziyarat at the dargah
- Zardari is wearing a traditional Sindhi cap to the Dargah. His wife late Benazir Bhutto was from Larkana in Sindh. Rajasthan shares the longest border with Sindh in Pakistan over a 1000 kms.
- Zardari and Bilawal in Kurta-pyjamas - the tradition garb worn while visiting the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
Asif Ali Zardari Ajmer visit: Residents whose houses face the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti have been asked to keep their windows shut while the Pakistan president is inside the shrine later this afternoon.
- A red velvet chadar, 42 kms long, and with a replica of the dargah's dome embroidered on it, awaits Zardari at the Ajmer-e-Sharief. The Pakistan President will carry the chadar on his head as he walks into the shrine through the Begumee Dalan which was made by Aurangzeb's daughters.
- Zardari and family change into Kurta-Pyjamas...will take off for Ghughra village (near Ajmer) shortly, reports.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Mr Rehman Malik and Mr Bilawal Bhutto were also present.- Sushma Swaraj(@SushmaSwarajBJP) April 8, 2012
Attended lunch hosted by the Prime Minister for President Zardari and his team.- Sushma Swaraj(@SushmaSwarajBJP) April 8, 2012
- Talked for 40 minutes, had a constructive talk covering all aspects of ties
- This is a private visit
- PM expressed appreciation that Pak has moved forward on trade-related issues.
- The discussion covered all aspects of India and Pak bilateral talks.
- Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek discussed
- PM, Zardari discussed terror
- PM said it's necessary to bring Mumbai attack perpetrators to justice
- Hafiz Saeed discussed
24-year-old Swapandeep Kaur hardly has any memories of her father, having met him last as a toddler. But Sarabjit Singh's daughter still hopes to see him - her father has been languishing in a jail in Pakistan for the last 22 years and is on death row.
- "Very fruitful visit with good meetings. It will be a milestone for greater understanding," Rehman Malik tells NDTV.
- Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik holds informal talks with Chidambaram
PM:I am satisfied with the outcome of this visit. Pres. Zardari has invited me to visit Pakistan which I will undertake on a convenient time- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) April 8, 2012
PM: President Zardari and I have had a very constructive and friendly exchange of views on all bilateral issues.- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) April 8, 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh:
- Constructive and friendly exchange of views on all bilateral issues which effect the relations between India and Pakistan.
- President Zardari has also invited me to visit Pakistan. I would be very happy to visit Pakistan on a mutually convenient date.
- The relations between India and Pakistan should become normal. That's our common desire.
- We have a number of issues, and we are willing to find practical, pragmatic solutions to all those issues and that's the message that President Zardari and I would like to convey.
- I would like to wish the people of India Asalaam-u-Aalekum from the President of Pakistan.
- I'm grateful to Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, for inviting me for lunch.
- Although I'm on a private visit here, we've had some fruitful bilateral talks together.
- India and Pakistan are neighbours, we would like to have better relations with India.
- We've spoken on all topics that we could have spoken about and we're hoping to meet on Pakistan's soil very soon.
- BJP's LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj have arrived at the PM's residence for lunch with Zardari.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is currently meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence, where, over a lunch of mini dosas, biryani and much more, the two countries are expected to lay the road ahead for their relationship.
Fans on Facebook wish Bilawal Bhutto on his maiden visit to India. Nazia Rehman, a user, wrote on his fan page on Facebook: "welcome to india..khush amadeed".
As per the programme, Ajmer Divisional Commissioner Atul Sharma, IGP Rajesh Nirwan, Collector Manju Rajpal and SP Rajesh Meena will receive the guests at the helipad located outside the city. The VIPs will then travel 12.3 km on road to the dargah from there.
- Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Senator Rehman Malik and Jalil Abbas Jilani traveling with President Zardari: Senator Farhatullah Babar, Presidential Spokesperson, to NDTV.
"I still remember her when she came here in 2005 with Zardari and spent some time and offered prayers. She visited the shrine thrice and her last visit was in 2005," one of the caretakers said.
- President Zardari on route to Delhi. His flight has left from Lahore airport. 14 members of Zardari's family accompanying him.
Released from jail, Zardari had come to the shrine in 2005 with Bhutto and had spent 30 minutes in prayers.
- Journalists throng Indira Gandhi international airport ahead of the Pakistan President's high-profile visit to India. Mr Zardari's son Bilawal Bhutto's likely meeting with Rahul Gandhi seems to have picqued their interest more than the Pak Presidents meeting with PM Manmohan Singh. -NDTV reporter Anchal Vohra
Syed Anees Kaptan shares with NDTV a letter from Late Benazir Bhutto who had visited the dargah in 2005 with husband Asif Ali Zardari.
- Ahead of his India visit, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani for preparatory discussions regarding his visit, including the case of JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
- Mr Zardari is arriving at Palam airport at 11:30 am, accompanied by a 40-member delegation which includes his son Bilawal. Sources say his daughters are not coming.
- After his one-on-one meeting with the Prime Minister at 7 Race Course Road, which will be followed by lunch, he will leave for Jaipur.
- He will leave for Ajmer from Jaipur and will return to Delhi in the evening. He will fly back between 6-7 pm.
Even though it's a private visit and both sides don't want to build too many expectations, all eyes are on Mr Zardari's lunch meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today. There may be no dramatic announcements on today, but the road ahead for India and Pakistan will be laid, over lunch.
On the eve of his India visit, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari today said he did not expect the issue of Hafiz Saeed to be the focus of his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, amid growing pressure on Pakistan to prosecute the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder for his role in the Mumbai attacks.
Avial (mixed vegetables) and dosas from the Southern hinterland with prawns, gosht barra kebabs as starters from the central heartland of the country and desserts like phirni from the north and gur sandesh from Bengal will be on the eclectic spread of dishes.
President Asif Ali Zardari will invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan by the end of this year during his meeting in New Delhi scheduled for Sunday. This was stated by Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit on the eve of Mr Zardari's day-long visit to India during which he will hold talks with Singh at the PM's Race Course Road residence which will be followed by lunch.
Focus will be on bilateral issues when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has a one-on-one meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is making a three-hour stopover in New Delhi tomorrow before flying to Ajmer to pay obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, official sources have said.
• Mr Zardari is arriving at Palam airport at 11:30 am. He will be accompanied by a 40-member delegation which includes his son Bilawal. Sources say his daughters are not coming.
• The Pakistan President will have a one-on-one meeting with the Prime Minister at 7 Race Course Road. He will leave for Jaipur post-lunch.
• From Jaipur, Mr Zardari will leave for Ajmer. He will come back to Delhi via Jaipur in the evening and will fly back between 6-7 pm.
• As is the protocol on such occasions, three-tier security will be in place during the Pakistan President's visit. Around 2,000 police personnel will be deployed. Special units will be deployed atop high-rise buildings and along the route Mr Zardari's convoy will take.
President Asif Ali Zardari's son and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chief Bilawal Bhutto will accompany Mr Zardari on his trip to India on Sunday. According to sources, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi may also be at the lunch and the two young leaders from India and Pakistan may get to talk. Read more
Sister of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian on death row in Pakistan following his conviction for alleged involvement in bomb attacks, has said that she will appeal to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari during his Rajasthan visit to release his brother on humanitarian ground. Dalbir Kaur said that she will try to meet Zardari during his private visit to Ajmer dargah on April 8.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the high-profile visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is scheduled to pay obeisance at the dargah of sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on Sunday. The dargah area will be heavily guarded and police will also be deployed in the surrounding buildings. The dargah market will be closed and view-cutters will be used inside the premises and the entrance of the shrine. Read more
- During the one-day visit, Mr Zardari will be the guest of the PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi before heading to an important Muslim shrine in Ajmer to offer prayers.
- President Asif Ali Zardari will on Sunday become the first Pakistani head of state since 2005 to visit India when he makes a trip that includes lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.