New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be celebrating Diwali this year in Pakistan. On November 8, Nitish Kumar left for a week-long tour of Pakistan at the invitation of Chief Ministers of Punjab and Sind provinces of the neighbouring country.

Kumar, who is leading a 12-member delegation of state ministers and officials, would share the state's growth story with parliamentarians and civil society members in Pakistan.

Kumar on Sunday undertook a whirlwind tour of interior Sindh, visiting a temple and addressing a Hindu panchayat, where he said that India and Pakistan need to co-exist peacefully and work for good governance in the region.

Kumar, on his maiden tour of Pakistan, visited the ancient Mohenjodaro site and stressed on more cooperation and coordination between Pakistan and India. Kumar and his delegation visited the historical Sadho Belo temple near Sukkur, the Indus valley civilization ruins of Mohenjodaro near Larkana and Garhi Khuda Baksh which is the ancestral home of the Bhutto family in Larkana.

Kumar was overwhelmed while visiting the Mohanjodaro site that dates back to 5000 years and said it had reinforced his belief that Pakistan and India share so many common values and culture that they need to work closely together in the region.

After meeting Punjab Governor Latif Khan Khosa on November 16, the delegation will return to India by road through the Wagah border.


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