KARACHI - The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Bihar, Natesh Kumar on Saturday visited mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and laid floral wreath and stood silent for a while to pay homage to the founder of Pakistan.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and other ministers were also present with the Indian delegation.
Later talking to media, Kumar said that he was visiting Pakistan with a message of goodwill and love from the people of India for the people of Pakistan.
He expressed hope that his visit would help further normalise ties between the two countries as well as to bring their people closer to each other.
Meanwhile, Kumar along with his cabinet members called on Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro in the Sindh Assembly here on Saturday for developing relations at the level of Indian state and Pakistan province to bring the two countries closer to each other. Khuhro warmly welcomed the Indian dignitaries.
On this occasion Provincial Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Jam Madad Ali, MQM leaders including Syed Sardar Ahmed, Raza Haroon, MNA Shazia Marri and others were other also present.
They discussed relations between Pakistan and India, political situation and the matters of mutual interests as well as the legislation carried out in the Sindh Assembly.
They expressed satisfaction at the thaw in relations between the two countries after suffering the serious setback in wake of Mumbai terror attacks.
Welcoming Kumar and his cabinet members, Khuhro said that this was a breakthrough and he hoped relations between India and Pakistan will improve further. He said people of both the countries want peace and improved relations.
He said the visit of Indian dignitaries reflected the benefits of smooth democratic process which could resolve the crisis and such visits would promote friendly relations and boost the trust of the governments Indian Bihar chief minister while talking to media persons said that Sindhi culture was our culture centre and he feel happy to be here in the Sindh Assembly.
He said it was the desire of the people of both the countries that Pakistan and India should come closer to each other this will be done when visa policy will be soft. He said he had brought the message of love for the people of Sindh and expressed happiness over his warm welcome at Sindh Assembly.
Meanwhile, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro presented the traditional Sindhi Ajrak, cap and shield of Sindh Assembly to the Indian dignitaries.