Pakistan Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf is arriving in India on coming Saturday, March 9, on a pilgrimage to Ajmer Sharif. It is his private visit to offer prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti.
Preparations for the day-long visit of Ashraf and his family are being finalised,according to various media reports. There will be no official meetings with the visitor since the dialogue process between the two countries is at its lowest, due to a strong protest by India over the brutal killing of two of its soldiers in the Poonch sector earlier this year.
Ashraf is the 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is a senior leader and politician of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) from Rawalpindi district who was elected as Prime Minister after several days of turmoil in the country.
On 22 June 2012, Ashraf was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan by a 211–89 vote and his cabinet was sworn in on the same day. Regarded as staunch loyalist of PPP, he won parliamentary elections held in 2002 and 2008. After elections in 2008, he was appointed as minister for water, and as power minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.