New Delhi: Ahead of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s Ajmer visit, the dispute over who would perform Ziyarat (prayer) for him at the renowned shrine of the sufi saint Khwaja Moninuddin Chisti, has been resolved after the intervention of Anjuman Committee (a representative body of Khadims) with a decision that two Khadims (clerics) will do the job.

Syed Iqbal Kaptan Chishty, who claims to be the family khadim of late Pakistan Prime Minister and Zardari's slain wife Benazir Bhutto, and Saiyad Natiq Chishty, who had performed the Ziyarat when former President Pervez Musharraf had visited Ajmer, would perform the same for Zardari jointly.
The controversy erupted after both were claiming the right to conduct the prayer for Zardari.

50 people inside Dargah

The Dargah will be vacated two hours prior to Zardari's visit and about 50 people (from Dargah committee, Anjuman Committee and others) will remain present inside the dargah premises. On arrival of Zardari at the main gate of the Dargarh, Nizam gate, president and secretary of Anjuman committee will welcome him.

Zardari will enter the dargah from Nizam Gate from where he will reach Aastana, which is the main hall of the tomb.
After offering prayers inside the Aastana (shrine), he will go outside the Aastana from Payti gate where he will be honoured by the Anjuman committee.

Zardari will offer a 42-meter long Makhmali chadar.

Zardari’s visit followed by Pak’s ex-Army Chief

Zardari's visit in the Dargah is the first Presidential visit from Pakistan after 2005 when Pervez Musharraf had visited the Dargah in 2005. Besides the former Pak Army Chief, former President of Pakistan Zia-ul-Haq had also visited the shrine.

Controversies often arise over the claim of right to offer prayers during the visits of high-profile persons film stars, politicians and head of states.

(JPN)