Zardari meets Gilani, Kayani before India visit

Lahore: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday night for preparatory discussions regarding his visit to India, including the case of JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

Officials sources said the USD 10 million US bounty for Saeed necessitated the meeting of the top civil and military leadership at the Governor`s House in Lahore late Saturday night.

Zardari is visiting India today for a day-long visit that has primarily been billed as a personal one for paying obeisance at the Sufi shrine at Ajmer, but will also see him having a lunch meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jillani were present at the meeting. Sources at Governor`s House told PTI that the President took the army chief and Prime Minister into confidence over his visit to India.

Presidential spokesman Faratullah Babar said the security situation was discussed during the meeting. Babar said the President held a separate meeting with the Prime Minister and army chief and discussed the search and rescue operation to save the lives of at least 100 soldiers trapped in the snow after an avalanche hit Siachen Saturday morning.

Expressing grave concern over the incident, the President emphasised that all resources should be employ in the search and rescue operation.