Chairman of the Pakistan Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has backed the dialogue process in which parliamentarians from both countries, who have been actively interacting with each other, can play an important role.

Accompanied by six Senators, including three from the minority community, Mr. Bokhari arrived here on Wednesday for a five-day visit at the joint invitation of Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.

His visit is a continuation of the parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.

Stating that he had come with a message of love and peace, the Senator hoped talks between the two countries would help in resolving most outstanding issues. The Senators were received at the airport by MPs Tarun Vijay and Prabha Thakur. During their stay, they will call on President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, besides the Presiding Officers of both Houses of Parliament.

Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza has visited India twice in recent years. Similarly, Ms. Kumar visited Pakistan in February and November this year. Mr. Bokhari is accompanied by Rubina Khalid, Hari Ram, Abdul Haseeb Khan, Heman Das, Malik Najmul Hassan and Kamran Michael.