Why Ajmer Sharif head is wrong in boycotting Pak PM's visit

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New Delhi, March 9: There is no doubt that Pakistani troops committed the worst of human rights violations by beheading two Indian soldiers near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir two months ago.

Now, when Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is on a personal visit to India to offer prayers at the world-famous shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, his trip is facing large-scale protests.

But, is it right for the shrine's diwan Sayed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan to boycott Pakistani Prime Minister?

The shrine's diwan told a news channel on Friday that the Pakistani government's "hands are soaked in blood".

"I have decided to boycott him when he comes here along with his family to perform prayers. I have not even asked for the pass to be in the dargah premises when the prime minister reaches here," Diwan Sayed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan had said in a statement.

Terming Ashraf's visit a dishonour to the families of the slain Indian soldiers, Khan said, "I will not welcome him... They should bring back the heads of our soldiers and tender an unconditional apology for the dastardly act. I have not completed any of the paperwork to welcome Ashraf or his family."

Lance Naik Hemraj of the 13 Rajputana Rifles was ambushed by the Pakistani Army's Border Action Team in the Mendhar sector of the LoC on Jan 8. Under the cover of fog, the attackers entered into Indian territory and decapitated Hemraj. They mutilated the body of his colleague Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh too.

But, isn't boycotting the Pakistani Prime Minister a political move? Ashraf is on a personal visit, so making a hue-and-cry over his trip will show India in a bad light.

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