NEW DELHI - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on December 13 (Friday), reported India Today on Saturday.

Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is visiting India at the invitation of Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister of Indian Punjab.

Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guest at the World Kabaddi Championship finals in Ludhiana on December 14.

He is expected to fly to Delhi from Lahore on December 13 and will call on Manmohan Singh. Thereafter, he will fly to Amritsar the same evening.

In Punjab, aside from witnessing the kabaddi finals, he will also visit his ancestral village of Jatti Umra in Amritsar district. The Sharifs are natives of the village and migrated to Lahore during the partition in 1947.

Nawaz Sharif’s farmhouse in Riwaind Lahore is called Jatti Umra.

Shahbaz Sharif’s meeting with the Indian prime minister comes in the backdrop of Nawaz Sharif’s statement on Kashmir which he later retracted.

Shahbaz Sharif is widely regarded as the second-most powerful man in PML-N after his brother.

The two are extremely close and Shahbaz has a powerful say in the party as well as the government. He is likely to renew Pakistan’s invitation to Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan.