Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif today welcomed the initiative of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Lahore. Modi was warmly welcomed by Sharif, who then assisted PM Modi to his ancestral home in Raiwind.
During this meeting both leaders expressed their desire to carry forward the dialogue process for the larger good of the people of the two countries.
The twp prime ministers also agreed to continue and enhance bilateral contacts and work together to establish good neighbourly relations.
Earlier today, PM Modi on his way back to India from his 2-day visit to Russia and Kabul, decided to stop over at Lahore and wish PM Nawaz Sharif on his 66th birthday.
The two had also met in Paris during COP-21 and also had had a surprise meeting in Bangkok.
External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj had also been to Islamabad earlier this month for the Heart of Asia Conference. During her visit, India and Pakistan also agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue and the minister also confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Islamabad next year to attend the SAARC summit.
Today’s ‘surprise’ stop over in Lahore by PM Modi has lead to quite a few raised eyebrows back home.
While parties like the Congress, Shiv Sena and AAP have questioned this unprecented engagement, CPI (M) has welcomed this ‘masterstroke’ by Modi.