Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan as a “good step” but said India-Pakistan ties must have stability.
“The re-engagement with Pakistan is a good step and a very welcome development,” Abdullah tweeted as Modi was set to land in Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his way back from Kabul to New Delhi.
“However, more than grand gestures we need consistency (in India-Pakistan relations),” the National Conference leader said in tweets.
Indo-Pak relations have been plagued by knee-jerk reactions & a lack of consistency. Looking towards two PMs to correct this this time.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 25, 2015
Earlier today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Kabul for Lahore, where he will meet his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif.
Modi will meet Sharif on the latter’s birthday during a brief stopover in Lahore before heading for New Delhi. Modi , who reached Afghanistan in the morning from Moscow, today tweeted that he spoke to Sharif over telephone and greeted him on his birthday.
“Looking forward to meeting Sharif in Lahore today afternoon when I will drop by on my way back to Delhi,” he tweeted taking everybody by surprise.
Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to visit Pakistan after Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004.
First Published | 25 December 2015 4:29 PM