Former AJKs prime minister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhury, who claimed to have refused to be a state guest, accepted a chopper ride offered by the Held Kashmir Government to visit Pahalgam during his visit to the Valley, officials said. Mr Sultan accompanied Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani in a state helicopter on Tuesday to Pahalgam, the officials said. However, the 45-minute journey in the state chopper has sparked a controversy with several media reports questioning the decision to provide official protocol to Azad Kashmir leader. Wani said the state government did not go out of its way to arrange the ride for the visiting leader. I was already scheduled to visit Pahalgam on Tuesday and he expressed his desire to accompany, the minister said. According to media reports, IHK Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had arranged the helicopter ride for Mr Sultan after the latter expressed his wish to visit Pahalgam during a meeting at a wedding function. Reacting to the media reports, Omar said he was glad that Mr Sultan accepted his hospitality. He accepted the hospitality of the elected CM of Held Kashmir. Im very glad that he did, Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.com. The chief ministers comment comes against the backdrop of Mr Sultan claiming that Omar wanted him to be a state guest during his visit to Held Kashmir but he had declined the offer for diplomatic reasons. Omar also rubbished the claim that Rs 110 million was spent on the sortie to Pahalgam. For the record this figure is completely rubbish. I doubt it would cost that even in an A380, he said.