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PM Modi’s Impromptu Visit to Lahore, Big Surprise for Sharif

Narendra Modi makes a sudden decision to ‘drop by’ Lahore on his way back to Delhi.

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PM Modi’s Impromptu Visit to Lahore, Big Surprise for Sharif
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After landing in New Delhi, the prime minister went to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s residence to wish him on his birthday.

After wishing him, Modi said,

Visited Atal ji at his residence and conveyed birthday wishes to him. Personally touched by Nawaz Sharif sahab’s gesture of welcoming me at Lahore airport and coming to the airport when I left.

He added,

7:19 PM , 25 Dec

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves Lahore after his surprise visit. He was in Pakistan to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Modi also attended Sharif’s granddaughter’s wedding. The two heads of state had a meeting briefly.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhary said, “Both leaders expressed the desire to carry forward dialogue process in the interest of the people of both nations”.

It was agreed that bilateral contacts will be enhanced and both nations will work together for good relations. The prime minister of Pakistan welcomed Modi’s initiative to visit Lahore. 
Aizaz Chaudhary, Pakistan Foreign Secretary

Modi stopped over in Pakistan on his way back from Afghanistan. Reports say the decision to stop over in Lahore was taken this morning after Modi spoke with Sharif over the phone and wished him on his birthday.

6:56 PM , 25 Dec

Sharif-Modi Meeting in Raiwind

Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart held a meeting at the latter’s residence, the details of which are still unknown.

Modi has now left Sharif’s Raiwind residence.

Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif (right) at the latter’s palatial residence in Raiwind. (Photo: PTI)
6:54 PM , 25 Dec

Caught Off Guard, Congress Slams Modi’s Lahore Surprise

As Modi arrives at the venue of Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter’s wedding, back in New Delhi Congress leader Anand Sharma held a press conference.

Sharma slammed Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan saying, “I reject Sushma Swaraj’s statement that Modi’s behaviour was like that of a statesman. He also refused to believe that the visit was impromptu.

Referring to industrialist Sajjad Jindal’s presence in Lahore, Sharma said,

An industrialist who has private business dealings with the ruling establishment in Pakistan is already there, so how is the prime minister’s visit spontaneous?

Sharma also alleged that during the UPA rule, the BJP had a “hawkish approach preventing the then government from any meaningful dialogue”.

6:47 PM , 25 Dec

Prime Minister Modi arrives at the venue of Sharif’s grand daughter’s wedding. She is Maryam Nawaz’s daughter.

Published: 25 Dec 2015, 3:24 PM IST
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