Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

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"His Majesty King of Bhutan, former President of Afghanistan and ministers from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka came to Delhi to pay tributes to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee".

Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects during his funeral procession amid tight security. Those who enquired after included prime minister Narendra Modi, union ministers and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwarts.

Vajpayee served three times as India's prime minister; for 13 days in 1996, for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004.

He was also one of the founding members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which now governs India.

Vajpayee will be cremated with full state honours in a national memorial estate in Delhi at 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT).

Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in for the leader widely credited with charting a new path in foreign policy for India in many areas, including a complete revamp of ties with the United States and bringing India out of the nuclear closet.

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Caretaker law and information minister Ali Zafar represented Pakistan at the former Indian PM's funeral.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with party leader Sonia Gandhi condoled the nation on the loss of the former prime minister.

Vajpayee, both a poet and a politician, died Thursday at age 93 in a New Delhi hospital. He said supporters who were carrying the former prime minister's pictures had gathered in large numbers and were shouting slogans. "He will be remembered as a politician who made a major personal contribution to the friendly relations and privileged strategic partnership between our countries". "He will be missed", one of them said.

The reports highlighted Vajpayee's efforts in restoring peace with Pakistan, acknowledging the existence of Pakistan and his government laying the foundation of a strong relation for his successors to nurture.

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