Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, right, shakes hands with Pakistanís Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in Jaipur, India, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Ashraf is in India on Saturday on a daylong private visit to the shrine of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti in the nearby town of Ajmer. Sufism is a more mystical form of Islam that is practiced in many parts of South Asia. (AP Photo)
Saturday, March 09, 2013 7:53 am
Pakistan's PM visits Muslim shrine in India
The Associated Press
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid hosted a lunch for Ashraf in the western city of Jaipur. Khurshid told reporters that no substantive issues were discussed at the lunch.
Ashraf later traveled by helicopter to visit the shrine of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti in the nearby town of Ajmer. Sufism is a more mystical form of Islam that is practiced in many parts of South Asia.
Ashraf and members of his family offered prayers at the shrine amid tight security.
The visit is the first by a senior Pakistani official since a spike in violence on the makeshift border that divides the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.
Three Pakistani soldiers and two Indian soldiers were killed in the violence in January. India said one of its soldiers was beheaded.
Ashraf was scheduled to fly back to Islamabad later Saturday.