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Mar 09, 2013 at 04:30pm IST

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Ajmer: 4.30 pm: Pakistan PM reaches Ajmer, offers prayers at dargah.

3:50 pm: Welcoming the decision of Ajmer Dargah chief to boycott Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's visit to the Sufi shrine, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said, "It is a good decision which reflects thinking of our citizens...I do not know what is the thinking of Central government (on this),"

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3:20 pm: Salman Khurshid said, "Ajmer Sharif shrine is a major one for Sufi tradition. Many people from Pakistan come to the shrine. The PM came is one of them."

3:05 pm: Salman Khurshid said, "This was not an occasion to talk on issues. This was his personal visit so there was no official talks."

3:00 pm: Salman Khurshid said, "I received him here in Jaipur. This was a courtesy call. I had lunch with him and now he has left for Ajmer. I shall now return to Delhi."

2:50 pm: Anjuman Secretary announces that he will assist Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the prayers.

2:40 pm: Minor protest against Pakistan Prime Minister in Bhopal.

2:25 pm: "Khwaja wants him to come" was how External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Jaipur on way to Ajmer for his pilgrimage.

2:10 pm: A minor political party Rajput Karni Sena protested against the beheading of Indian soldiers in Jaipur where Salman Khurshid is hosting a lunch for Pakistan PM Pervez Ashraf.

2.00 pm: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said people do not want such courtesies to be extended to Pakistan Prime Minsiter Pervez Ashraf.

13:20 pm: Minor protest against Pakistan PM outside Rambagh in Jaipur.

12.25 pm: Army Chief Bikram Singh says he doesn't want to comment on Pakistan PM visit. "It is government's decision. Let's not make issue out of it."

12:01 pm: Pakistan PM Pervez Ashraf lands at Jaipur airport 30 minutes behind schedule.

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf amid tight security will arrived Jaipur on Saturday, even as chief of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti Dargah Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan said 'he will not assist Ashraf's prayers to protest the beheading of India soldiers.

The Dargah chief told CNN-IBN that the boycott has been announced to protest against the beheading of Indian soldiers at the Line of Control.

"It will be a dishonor to the families of the Indian soldier who were beheaded by their (Pakistan) Army. I will not welcome or be present during his (Pakistan PM Raja Parvez Ashraf) visit to the Dargah," Khan said.

The Dargah chief further said, "My appearing there to greet him would bring dishonour to our soldiers who were beheaded." Demanding the heads of the Indian soldiers who were allegedly mutilated by Pakistan Army, Khan said, "They should bring back the heads of our jawans."

The Dargah committee has, however, decided to give the Pakistani Prime Minister a grand reception.

The Rambagh Palace has been spruced up for Raja Pervez Ashraf's visit where External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will be hosting a lunch for the Pakistani Prime Minister. Ashraf will be given a red-carpet, traditional welcome - with a line-up of horses, elephants and camels. The Pakistan PM will be served predominantly Rajasthani fare at the palace's Swarna Mahal restaurant.

Meanwhile, the Congress and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid appealed the political parties and organisation to not do politics over the Ashraf's, calling it a private affair.

"I will be having lunch and only lunch, no talks," Khurshid said. When asked Hemraj's family, who was allegedly mutilated by Pakistan Army, wants apologies, Khurshid said, "Pakistan Prime Minister is coming for religious and spiritual visit. We will say hello and obviously when we say hello, we just don't only say hello. But there is no agenda, there are no formal talks."

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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