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Pakistan's PM visits Muslim shrine in India

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March 9, 2013 07:53 AM EST | AP


JAIPUR, India — Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was in India on Saturday on a daylong private visit to a Muslim shrine.

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.