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Hina Rabbani's charm offensive

Last updated on: July 29, 2011 12:17 IST

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Hina Khar Rabbani -- the soft-spoken foreign minister of Pakistan -- charmed politicians, the media and defence experts alike during her three-day official visit to India.

The gorgeous minister became a darling of the shutterbugs while the Indian media raved about her fashion sense and social skills.

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Image: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at the New Delhi airport
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters
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Rabbani appeared calm and composed when she met her Indian counterpart S M Krishna in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Her demeanour was upbeat as she sought a "new era of amity" between India and Pakistan.

The meeting ended on a positive note, with the Pakistani minister stating, "As two responsible states, we should take ownership of our own affairs".

Image: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters
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Khar underlined Pakistan's commitment for "friendly, cooperative and good" neighbourly relations with India during her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

Khar conveyed to Dr Singh greetings of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.

She also handed over a letter of invitation from Gilani to Dr Singh.


Image: Hina Rabbani Khar with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Photographs: Courtesy: PIB
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Khar also met senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday evening.

Though Advani and Khar were all smiles for the cameras, BJP sources said that Swaraj had expressed "strong objection" over the Pakistan minister's meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders.

The BJP leaders also expressed concern about the delay in the 26/11 terror attack trial in Pakistan.


Image: Hina Rabbani Khar with senior BJP leader L K Advani

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On Thursday, Khar paid obeisance at the dargah of famous Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya at New Delhi and prayed for peace between the two countries.

The minister was accorded a traditional welcome by the office bearers of the dargah and was taken to Amir Khusro's grave where she offered a chaadar.


Image: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar offers prayers at the shrine of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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