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Last Updated: Friday, 15 April 2005, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
India remembers 'Baby Musharraf'
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
Musharraf's visit to Delhi will take in a cricket match
A visit by the Pakistani president to India this weekend may have special personal resonance as his birth in Delhi is due to be remembered.

Officials are set to present Pervez Musharraf with a certificate showing that he was born on 11 August 1942 at a maternity hospital in the city.

His mother asked for the certificate on an emotional visit to Delhi last month.

Gen Musharraf was born several years before the partition of India, which led to the creation of Pakistan.

Vivid memories

Now in her eighties, Begum Zarin Musharraf visited Delhi along with her elder son Javed to see sites connected with their life in India.

She went to Delhi's Lala Girdharilal Maternity Hospital where she had given birth to both Javed and Pervez.

"Begum Zarin became very emotional during her visit to the hospital and she could even recall the name of the medical superintendent of the hospital in those days and some of the staff members," said hospital medical superintendent Indira Yadav.

Delhi's city council confirmed that an entry for the Pakistani leader's birth had been found in the hospital's records and a certificate was being drawn up.

"Yes, we have the entry and have seen it," Madan Thapliyal, the council's public relations director, told the BBC.

President Musharraf is travelling to Delhi for meetings with Indian officials and also to watch the last one-day international cricket match between the Pakistani and Indian teams.

It is his first visit to India since attending a summit there in 2001 and it comes after an improvement in relations between the two neighbours, which have fought three wars since partition.


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