Nitish Kumar to visit Mohammad Ali Jinnah tomb in Pakistan

Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit the tomb of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and meet leaders of the MQM party during his week-long visit to Pakistan from Friday.

Kumar will visit Mazar-e-Quaid to pay floral tribute to the founder of Pakistan on November 10 and visit Jinnah's museum, Ravi Kant Principal Secretary, Cabinet told reporters here today.

Kumar will also meet leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement which has support among migrant Muslims from Bihar.

Kant said Kumar's meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf was yet not confirmed.

Kumar is leading a 12-member delegation from November 9-16 at the invitation of the chief ministers of Punjab and Sind.

The chief minister is scheduled to visit Dera Saheb Gurudwara and the mausoleum of the Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh adjacent to it.

He will also visit some historical sites including Mohenjodaro and Takshila sites of the Indus Valley civilisation.

After meeting Punjab Governor Latif Khan Khosa on November 16, the delegation will return to India by road through the Wagah border.

RJD President Lalu Prasad had visited Pakistan in 2003.

Imran Khan praises Nitish Kumar's governance

The governance of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as well as former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's foresightedness came in praise from Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today.

"Jawaharlal Nehru's foresightedness in having technical institutes set up in the 50s is the biggest benefit that India today has. It has created the real capital, the human capital, in India," he said during a discussion at the World Economic Forum conference being held here.

"A leader or a statesman has always long-term plans. He thinks way ahead of us."

He also had words of praise for Kumar, who is set to visit Pakistan this week.

"Nitish Kumar has given good governance. He has shown that if the governance is right, if the leader has integrity, and is selfless, you can fix the state as bad as Bihar was six years ago," he said.

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