Jaipur, Oct 3 (): Pakistani Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim came to Ajmer as a state guest and without informing the administration he collected five to six thousand people from border districts,” BJP Rajasthan Vice President Onkar Singh Lakhavat said. Alleging that the confidential meeting was organized under the leadership of a Congress MLA Sale Mohammad, Lakhavat said this is very dangerous for national security.
Fahim was in the city to visit the holy shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty. BJP MLA Vasudev Devnani and the party’s district president Rasa Singh said “”It was a failure of intelligence agencies that a Pakistani minister held a meeting in a hotel here without permission.” He demanded resignation of the state home minister Shanti Dhariwal and that a protest be registered with Pakistan over the violation of rules.
Fahim was accompanied by a high-level 70-member business delegation and during his stay in Mumbai he was at the Hotel Taj Mahal in Colaba, which was one of the targets of 10 Pakistani terrorists during the Nov 26-29, 2008 Mumbai terror attack. The Pakistani businessmen evinced a keen interest in increasing trade relations between the two countries.
Top business heads from Pakistan accompanying Fahim felt it was high time the two countries erased their differences and concentrated in dealing with political and business issues in exclusivity. For instance, in 2000, the India-Pakistan bilateral trade was only $200 million, which rose to $1.86 billion last year, the official said. Given a little push, it had the potential to go up five-fold within just two years, he noted.