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President Asif Zardari arrives in British capital: meets Altaf

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LONDON: President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in the British capital on Saturday evening from Libya en route to the United States for talks with the American President Barack Obama. The President was received at the Heathrow Airport by Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Wajid Shamsul Hasan and senior officials of the chancery. The officials said the President will leave for America on the morning of May 5.

President Asif Ali Zardari met Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain and discussed regional and bilateral issues during his visit to Britain. According to sources, the meeting took place in a hotel where federal minister for interior Rehman Malik and members of MQM Rabita Committee were present.

Reportedly, MQM conveyed its reservations regarding some police officers of Sindh following the Karachi violence during the meeting, while the CCPO Karachi Waseem Ahmed also arrived in London. Zardari is expected to meet British foreign secretary and other top government officials. After 48-hour stopover in London President Zardari will leave for Washington where he will meet his counterpart Barack Obama and the officials of the administration.

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