Chief minister Nitish Kumar is all set for his eight-day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of the chief ministers of Sindh and Punjab provinces of the neighbouring country. He will be accompanied by a delegation of 11 members drawn from his ministry, government and civil society.
Principal secretary, cabinet coordination, Ravi Kant said the chief minister would fly to Delhi on Thursday morning by an Air India flight and board the plane for Pakistan on Friday. “He will reach Karachi late in the evening on November 9. The following day, he will lay a wreath at the mausoleum of the Quaid-i-Azam (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) before visiting the museum named after Jinnah,” he said. “Later he will meet the chief minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and will take part in a seminar on Sindh and Bihar in which Nitish will share his experiences with the participants. In the evening, Nitish will meet the Speaker of Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.” On November 11, Nitish will visit Mohenjodaro and Sadhu Bela temple in Sukkur apart from meeting Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, the governor of the province of Sindh.“The CM will have a meeting with the leader of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement on November 12. However, the name of the leader he will meet is still not confirmed.”
“On November 13, Nitish Kumar will take part in a discussion along with Pakistan parliamentarians and members of civil society organised by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency. He will also address the members on the Bihar growth story,” Ravi Kant said. On November 14, the chief minister will visit another archaeological site in Punjab province. “Nitish Kumar will visit Taxila and Katas Raj temple and then he will meet the chief minister of Punjab province, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif,” he said.
“The chief minister will visit a Muslim shrine, Data Darbar, the Gurdwara of Dera Sahib and the memorial of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on November 15 in Lahore. There he will take part in a seminar at Government College University,” the official said.
“On the final day, November 16, he will meet Latif Khan Khosa, governor of Punjab province. After that he will depart for the Wagah border by road and reach Atari (India) at 11am,” Ravi Kant said.
Sources told The Telegraph Nitish would carry a chadar, which he will offer at the mausoleum of Jinnah. The 4-kg chadar, which has the embroidery of Kaba and Madina, is gold and silver-plated. It has been made in Patna City and measures 11-foot in length and nine-foot in width.