Modi in Lahore: Pakistan hails PM’s gesture, says it is ‘purely a goodwill visit’

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Prime Minister Modi's visit was "purely a good will visit" and PM Sharif has termed it "positive".

By: PTI | Lahore | Updated: December 25, 2015 9:39 pm
narendra modi, nawaz sharif, modi sharif meeting, Modi in lahore pakistan reaction, Pakistan reaction Modi Lahore visit, pakistan foreign ministry, pakistan news, india news, latest news, world news Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at a meeting in Lahore in latter’s residence on Friday. (Source: PIB)

Pakistan on Thursday declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brief visit to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore a “purely goodwill” one and said they agreed to understand each other’s concerns and continue holding peace talks for prosperity in the region.

Briefing the media after Nawaz-Modi meeting at Jati Umrah residence of Sharifs, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said: “PM Modi’s visit to Lahore was not a planned one. It was organised on a short notice after Mr Modi expressed his wish to come here en route to Delhi from Afghanistan.”

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He said Prime Minister Modi’s visit was “purely a good will visit” and PM Sharif has termed it “positive”.

“The meeting between the two premiers was held in a cordial atmosphere. Both premiers agreed to continue the peace process (between the two countries) and work together for the purpose,” he said.

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He said the premiers of both countries want opening of new avenues of prosperity for its people.

“Both premiers want restoration of mutual confidence between the two countries. There is a need of enhancing cooperation between India and Pakistan so that poverty and other issues of South Asia should be addressed,” he said.

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Chaudhry further said both prime ministers also agreed to enhance people-to-people contacts and developing such an environment for the purpose.

“They also agreed to take steps to improve the relations between the two countries and work together in this regard.”

Chaudhry further said since it was a “sudden meeting” and the prime minister’s team on foreign affairs – Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatimi -could not make to Lahore from Islamabad.

“I was preset in Lahore thereby I attended the meeting,” he said.

He said there was a need to understand each other’s concerns. “Both leaders also underscored the need to understand the issues, concerns and desires of each other.”

To a question, Chaudhry said PM Modi did not know about the marriage of granddaughter of PM Sharif. He told him that he was in Lahore and asked Modi to come to Lahore.

“Mr Modi wished Mr Sharif happy birthday and congratulated him on her granddaughter’s wedding,” he said.

Replying another question, he said that the civil and military leadership was on “same page” on all issues including terrorism.

After spending one-and-a-half hour in Jati Umrah, Prime Minister Modi left for the airport.

In what appears to be an unprecedented gesture by Prime Minister Sharif, he both received and saw off Modi at Lahore airport.

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First Published on: December 25, 2015 9:25 pm
  1. C
    Dec 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm
    Modi does not have any sense of diplomacy. Can you imagine leader of any other country doing such cranky job?
    1. R
      Dec 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm
      Mr Modi is unprincipled. He promised to force stan to give up terrorist activities IN India. Instead he has folded like a limp rag. No back bone. Its a sell out of Indian interests. He should be learning from the US and France how to react to terrorist activities from foreign countries. France is bombing ISIS relentlessly as is the US. India is laying out a red carpet for terrorists in stan. Not good.
      1. a
        Dec 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm
        A leader with people's interest at heart find ways to express hm/herself in so many ways. Planted leader can come up Only with planted ideas - that's the difference between a planted leader (who is unfamiliar with aspirations of what people want) and a leader coming from the gr root (who knows the ins and outs of the working of people's mind)
        1. A
          Dec 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm
          It doesn't make any sense in trusting stan. For modi and media this may be a big news
          1. S
            south indian
            Dec 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm
            not good act by modi
            1. D
              dr md
              Dec 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm
              Mr Modi's engagement on stan will empower democratic leader of the regime over military establishment.
              1. D
                Dillip Patnaik
                Dec 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm
                It is nice to have good relation with neighbors. I applaud Modi's surprise visit to stan. Whether Modi's surprise visit will improve friendly relation with stan that is a great question mark. stan's obsession on Kashmir and daily terrorism is the core stumbling block in bilateral relationship. stan has to completely stay away from terrorism and obsession of Kashmir and then only India can be comfortable to go forward for a peaceful co-existing bilateral relationship. Entire stan as a w unanimously has to make effort to come together and agree and vow to make good relation with India like USA and Canada. This is for stan's own benefit, otherwise stan's image will remain a rogue, terrorist country.
                1. K
                  K M
                  Dec 26, 2015 at 12:04 am
                  Did he come back on his principles. You must know ages ago sages of this land prescribed various methods to win over enemy - sama, daana, bheda...... Did you hear?
                  1. K
                    K M
                    Dec 26, 2015 at 12:03 am
                    In one stroke Modi won the hearts of stan. what if according to you Modi does not have sense of diplomacy!!
                    1. K
                      K M
                      Dec 26, 2015 at 12:05 am
                      You said it.
                      1. T
                        Dec 26, 2015 at 12:17 am
                        Only an Indian leader who has the backing of the RSS can come to any accommodation with stan. I hope Mr Modi will be able to bring peace between the two nations. We could have had peace with stan if Gen. Musharaf had not pla false with Mr Vajpaye, Let us hope this initiative will lead to peace in the sub-continent.
                        1. P
                          Dec 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm
                          What has Shriman Mani Shankar Aiyar and Khwaja Salman Khurshid to say about this innovative political master stroke of Prime Minister Narendar Modi? Both political stalwarts of GOP while being in stan to find some solace after being scintillatinglly bruised and dethroned by NDA had to beseech their hosts to get rid of their bete noire - erstwhile "Chaiwaala" Narendar Bhai. Congress stalwarts who day in and day out have stamped Shri Modi as the enemy of minorities has been hailed by people of Islamic stan for his goodwill gesture. Nobody knows what tomorrow will unfold but try to do something Good today with the hope- it might pay.
                          1. S
                            Dec 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm
                            good weicome move
                            1. S
                              Dec 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm
                              I am surprised therer has been no cross border firing and killing of jawans to stop the peace process by stanis.......that is the norm. The Military must have cracked its whip to shape things up on the border into some semblance of controlled discipline. How long will this last?????
                              1. O
                                only human
                                Dec 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm
                                Sharif aur Badmash ki Jodi
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