President Zardari arrives in India

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By V.Tiwari
Date  08 April 2012
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in New Delhi today for a day-long visit to the country during which he will have a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the capital and will leave for Ajmer to pay obeisance at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
Zardari is accompanied by his 23-year-old son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who took over the reins of PPP after the death of his mother Benazir Bhutto in 2007; Interior Minister Rahman Malik, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and senior officials of Presidency.
Pakistani TV channels reported that Zardari's two daughters Asifa and Bakhtawar were also accompanying him, but there was no official word on it.
Zardari's special aircraft took off from the Old Lahore airport, which is near the international airport and mainly used for VIP and military flights. There was special security arrangement at the airport.
Tight security was also put in place on the route from the Governor's House to the airport. One of the double lanes near the Governor's House had been closed and police deployed on the route.
Zardari and his delegation travelled in a long motorcade of armoured vehicles escorted by dozens of security personnel in other cars.
Though there is no structured agenda for his talks with Singh "the leaders are expected to focus on bilateral issues," officials sources had said in Delhi.
Ahead of the visit, both sides had made it clear that the two leaders will talk about issues of mutual concern.

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