State funeral for former Indian premier Gujral

 
In this file photo taken on Oct 13, 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth (right) and then Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral (left) smile during a ceremonial welcome at The Presidential Palace in New Delhi. Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, who transformed India's icy relationship with arch rival Pakistan during his time in government, died on Nov 30, 2012, aged 92, the government said. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral, who engineered a thaw in India's relationship with arch rival Pakistan, was given a funeral with full state honours on Saturday.

Mr Gujral's body, draped in the tricolour Indian flag, was brought to the cremation site from his New Delhi home in a flower-laden gun-carriage accompanied by military personnel who fired a 21-gun salute.

India's President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the ceremony held amid prayers on the banks of the Yamuna River.

Mr Gujral, who served as prime minister in a coalition government from April 1997 to March 1998, died on Friday aged 92 from a lung infection.

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