Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in the Indian city of Jaipur Saturday on a day-long private visit during which he will attend a lunch hosted by external affairs minister Salman Khurshid but no “substantive” discussions between the two sides are likely, the India media reported.
He will attend Khurshid for lunch at the Rambagh Palace Hotel here following which he will leave for Ajmer to offer prayers at the 12th Century Dargah of Ajmer Sharif.
No substantive discussions are scheduled during the meeting of Khurshid with the Pakistan Prime Minister, PTI reported.
An official spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs had said that “The Pakistan Prime Minister is not visiting New Delhi and no substantive discussions are scheduled to be held in Jaipur”.
Asked if a proposal for a meeting in New Delhi was made by India, he had said the visiting dignitary had expressed the desire to undertake a private visit and “all requirements to meet his needs are met. In addition we have not received any other request.”
Ashraf’s visit comes at a time when there is a chill in bilateral ties over the recent escalation at the LoC. Three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers were in clashes.
Both countries had accused each other of the 2003 LoC ceasefire violation.
Pakistan says that a soldier was killed by Indian troops after he mistakenly crossed the LoC despite questioning the soldier.
India had rejected Pakistan’s request for UN investigation.