After the diplomatic stopover in Delhi, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari visited the 13th century Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, where he spent around 20 minutes and offered flowers and <i>chadar</i>.
"The soulful happiness that I have experienced at this holy place is beyond explanation. I pray to Allah to make life easy for the entire humanity," Mr Zardari wrote in a diary at the Dargah.
He landed in the city in a chopper soon after 4 pm on Sunday after a
lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several other leaders in
New Delhi. Accompanying the president in his Ajmer visit was his 23-year-old son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
During the Zardaris visit, the Dargah in Ajmer was closed to all other visitors. About 1,500 policemen had been posted in and around the Dargah; the security arrangements included rapid response teams and counter-terrorism units. Security inspections were on till late last night in Ajmer. (Pics: Zardari in Ajmer Dargah)
Mr Zardari last visited Ajmer in 2005 with his wife Benazir Bhutto. Ms Bhutto had also visited the Dargah in 2003 and prayed to Garib Nawaz for the release of her husband; Mr Zardari, was in prison then. Once he was released, both visited the shrine two years later.