Pratibha Patil to visit Kashmir

April 5th, 2008 - 6:25 pm ICT by admin  

Jammu, April 5 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil is expected to visit to Jammu and Kashmir sometime this summer, an official spokesman said here. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad invited Patil during his 45-minute meeting with the president at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi Saturday, he said.

The president has accepted the invitation to visit the state and see how Kashmir has witnessed a massive development during the last few years, the spokesman said.

But the exact dates for the visit would be finalized later, he said.

It would be Patil’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after she became the president in July last year.

According to official sources, she might coincide her visit with the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, which will take place between June 18 and Aug 16.

Her predecessor A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had visited the state four times and visited the shrines of Hazratbal, Vaishno Devi and also inaugurated the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, near Katra in Jammu region.

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