Wish fulfilled: Bihar chief minister visits Quaid's mausoleum

Published: November 10, 2012
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CM of Indian province Bihar Nitish Kumar says India and Pakistan share many common values. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

CM of Indian province Bihar Nitish Kumar says India and Pakistan share many common values. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: While paying respect at Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi, Chief Minister of Indian province Bihar, Nitish Kumar said on Saturday that his longstanding wish of visiting the mausoleum was fulfilled, Express News reported.

Kumar laid a floral wreath on Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s grave and said prayers.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah was also present with him.

Speaking to the media, the Indian minister said that India and Pakistan share many common values and that if exchange of dialogue is persistent, then it might improve ties between the two countries.

Shah said that the Sindh government had tried developing relations between India and Pakistan on provincial level.

Earlier on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, during his visit to Lahore had said that the “people of Lahore are more hospitable than what he had heard about them.”

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly spelled ‘Nitish’ as ‘Nitesh’. The error has been rectified.

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  • Critics
    Nov 10, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Mr.Kumar amazes us sometimesRecommend

  • ishtiaer hussain
    Nov 10, 2012 - 4:39PM

    I am really inspired by this man for what he has done for his state, Bihar.

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  • roger
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:08PM

    lets wish he can make it back safely to india………………………..

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  • xxx indian
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:38PM

    Deat Editor,
    His name is Nitish Kumar, not Nitesh Kumar as you have written in your news.

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  • Nitish
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Just for the information,his father is a kurmi(a lower caste vegetable seller community) and his mother was muslim(perception).So he is a half hindu and half muslim.He is big supporter of 4% quota for the muslim in govt jobs and higher educational institution.Recruitment of 50,000 urdu teacher is next on his agenda.Some of the policy like Education loan at 3% for muslim candidate,scholarship of 20,000rs to muslim woman for higher education,10,000 rs to each muslim candidate who ever secured first division in higher secondary exam,establishment of minority institution and coaching programs is his muslim specific policy.Even so, Muslim women r granted money for purchasing milk to their newly born babies.He is very muslim friendly leader.Problem arises when he has to face with upper caste brahmin.He doesnt want to expand even a penny of rupees for the upliftment of uppercaste hindus.While addressing a crowd ,he clearly stated that Brahmins can take loan with interest and if they want can leave the state for their future.Many of uppercaste hindus specially brahmins left the state.Some them migrated to US and canada.Perhaps this can be failure from the part of his govt.Nevertheless Brahmins or uppercaste hindus r not in significant number,so doesnt matter.Overall rest r happy in his reign.Caste based politics is in full flow .Now a days he is asking for special status to Bihar.Dont know what he will do with that.

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  • Gopal
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Frustrated socialists, just dont get the poison of jehadi islam ever and live in a fool’s paradise..

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  • G. Din
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:51PM

    He will end up exactly where Lal Krishan Advani ended up after visiting this mausoleum -on the trash heap of history. Such is its powerful effect!

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  • ethicalman
    Nov 10, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Nitish Kumar is from a regional party which heavly depends on muslim vote banks..and surely now he’ll get more votes next election..

    any day he’s better than Lalu Prasad Yadav (another muslim bank holder) but in national poltics he’s aweful…but the people holding national poltics right now are much worser than him (Congress)..

    I only wish Pakistani’s know about Indian poltics..and how Hindus are poltical refugees..no body cares for them because they will eventually have to vote for the either parties..even in the centre..

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  • Truth Detector
    Nov 10, 2012 - 7:03PM

    It is sad to read poisonous& despicable comments by Indians on this forum. On all other forums , they talk about economic growth , prosperity etc, here, they are dumping on this guy despite the fact that he has lead Bihar with 10+% growth over the years. Is it because, he is from lower caste, I dare ask? I am sure same Indians will be all praise for Moody of Gujrat because he is from upper caste. So, may I ask, who is narrow minded, fundamentalist with myopic views?

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  • Joy Goswami
    Nov 10, 2012 - 9:38PM

    @Truth Detector What is he** are you talking about ? What poisonous comments. Why should we dump a man who has turned this once “hopeless state of India” to a “national competitor.” Do you even know why Bihar was so backward once ? Its because we suffered not from Lack Of Governance but from No Governance. This state once had No Governance. Nitish Kumar has just bought bacj Governance, and it has worked wonders. If there is anyone who deserves a PM seat apart from Modi, is this man. He is probably one of rarest of the rare politician who gives a damn about looting public money. Please dont try to teach us who or what he is. I dont care from what caste or species he comes from.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Nov 10, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @Truth Detector:
    No doubt he (Nitish Kumar) has brought about real metamorphosis in the state of Bihar and led Bihar on the path of prosperity and modernity. He is respected throughout India. He has won the latest election with two third majority as he got support from all castes and creeds. But lately he has shown indications that he might lean towards congress if need arises and that might be the reason some are not very happy with Nitish (as a matter of fact most of the visitors at this site are BJP supporters). I don’t think caste would be the root cause of the unfortunate hatred some has shown, as the other leaders who are in the race of becoming chief minister (though chances are very low) are also from weaker castes ie. Yadav for Lalu Yadav and Dalit for Ram Vilas Paswan.
    As far as comments of “Nitish” and “ethicalman” are concerned , frankly I was not able to understand their hatred towards Nitish Kumar or towards Muslims. That was really painful.

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  • sid
    Nov 10, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @Truth Detector:
    U showed u r narrow mindness regarding Modi………..Modi is not upper caste hindu , he is a OBC(other Backward Class)…….

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 11, 2012 - 12:01AM

    Nitish kumar enjoys the confidence of muslims in Bihar not due to equal treatment with Hindus but due to apiesement and special status . The condition of muslims in India is mainly due to facters for which they are responsible themselves . Thus it is just like Pakistan previlages granted by other countries they will also suffer and remain unstable in long course and will blame others for disparity as usual . Only interdependancy and education followed by prosperity can solve this problem and nothing else .

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  • Truth Detector
    Nov 11, 2012 - 12:49AM

    @Joy Goswami, you need to cool down & read my comments again. The underlying or implied meaning of my comments is praise for this guy just like you are doing. I wish we have someone like him in Pakistan.

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  • Indian
    Nov 11, 2012 - 12:59AM

    I still don’t get the purpose of his visit . Is it to make Bihar more prosperous or just a time pass travel ?His PM Competitor Mr.Modi visits countries for FDI and see the result of Gujarat . Mr.Nitish could have visit more closer countries like Thailand or china or even Nepal for some FDI.So called Bihar growth story is in numbers , real growth like Gujarat or Maharastra or TamilNadu is a distant dream for this impoverish state .Difference between these two leaders is one provided the basic needs only and got a growth from the scratch which was expected , but the other is very dynamic…….

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  • chandka
    Nov 11, 2012 - 5:42AM

    @Nitish: I would appeal him to rehabilitate Biharis from Bangladesh and Pakistan to their homeland in Bihar and provide them jobs. The post partition trauma be taken care of now by repatriation of all who left their homeland willingly or unwillingly. All have ancestral right to be resettled to ones own homeland.

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  • Arshad Masood Hashmi
    Nov 11, 2012 - 6:41AM

    Comments are more interesting than the news :)

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  • malik younus
    Dec 18, 2012 - 4:51PM

    There are very rare in-power politicians,active,bold&thoughtful as Nitish Kumar is.Imran Khan,who is struggling to create a political atmosphere conducive to a root grass change in Pakistan’s
    prevailing economical,social&legal conditions,is all praise for Nitish.Surely he is an example
    for others also.

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