Hina Rabbani Khar's date with India

Updated: July 27, 2011 11:12 IST
All of 34, Hina Rabbani Khar is Pakistan's first woman Foreign Minister and also the youngest at that. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari justified her appointment, saying it would "send positive signals about the soft image of Pakistan". Ms Khar touched down in India on Tuesday to take on the peace dialogue forward between the two arch-rivals; the world is waiting in anticipation as to how she handles her first major diplomatic outing and navigates the troubled waters of India-Pakistan relationship.
Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar gestures during a visit to the shrine of Sufi Muslim saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer before leaving for Pakistan. She also visited the shrine of saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi.
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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
The Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar visited the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia before leaving for Pakistan today. She was in India to take on the peace dialogue between the two countries.
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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar enters the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in New Delhi
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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
The Pakistan Foreign Minister offering prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi. She landed on Tuesday to discuss the bilateral relations between the countries.
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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
The Pakistan Foreign Minister after offering prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi before leaving for Pakistan today. She is the youngest Foreign Minister of Pakistan.
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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
The Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar visited the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia before leaving for Pakistan. She was in India to take on the peace dialogue between the two countries.

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Ms Khar touched down in India on Tuesday to take on the peace dialogue forward between the two arch-rivals; the world saw how she handled her first major diplomatic outing and navigated the troubled waters of India-Pakistan relationship.
Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
All of 34, Hina Rabbani Khar is Pakistan's first woman Foreign Minister and also the youngest at that. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari justified her appointment, saying it would "send positive signals about the soft image of Pakistan".

Ms Khar touched down in India on Tuesday to take on the peace dialogue forward between the two arch-rivals; the world is waiting in anticipation as to how she handles her first major diplomatic outing and navigates the troubled waters of India-Pakistan relationship.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
The decision to elevate Ms Khar was made in view of her competency and recent interaction at the Foreign Office, according to the the Prime Minister's office. She is seen here with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during her visit to India.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
A postgraduate in hospitality and tourism from the University of Massachusetts, Ms Khar comes from a wealthy feudal family in southern Punjab and owns Lahore's posh Polo Lounge, a haunt of the rich and the powerful. Here she is seen greeting BJP patriarch L K Advani.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Ms Khar's father is a large landowner from Muzaffargarh. Her uncle Ghulam Mustafa Kar was the subject of "My Feudal Lord", a biting account of patriarchal society in Pakistan penned by his fifth wife Tehmina Durrani. Ms Khar is known to be fond of polo and trekking.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Ms Khar has become Pakistan's 26th foreign minister at a time when her country is suffering perhaps the worst image crisis and is being repeatedly singled out as a patron for terrorists and jihadists.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Ms Khar entered politics in 2002 and became a member of national assembly of the PML-Q party, affiliated with then Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Her political ascent has been meteoric ever since, propelled by favourable circumstances. Barely four days after then Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was removed, she was named Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on July 20, 2011.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Ms Khar is married to businessman Feroze Gulzar, and they have three children – two sons and a daughter.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Ms Khar has a love of fashion and is noted for her personal style. She is particularly fond of the Birkin bag, beloved of fashionistas the world over, and carries it with her on most of her trips abroad.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Picture courtesy: AFP Krishna, a 79-year-old who takes great pride in his tailored suits, will face stiff competition from the young Foreign minister of Pakistan who is known for her elegant style.
Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
In Pakistan, headscarf-wearing Ms Khar has drawn inevitable comparisons to Benazir Bhutto, the charismatic female prime minister of Pakistan who was assassinated when trying to regain power in 2007.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
Like Bhutto, she comes from one of Pakistan's leading political and land-owning families and her clan has extensive farms in Punjab, the richest and most populous province.

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Hina Rabbani Khar\'s date with India
The foreign ministers of the nuclear-armed neighbours are holding their first talks in a year, looking to breathe fresh life into a peace process still stifled by the trauma of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

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