PM Modi’s Lahore visit a transformative moment for subcontinent: BJP

BJP hailed Modi for his "courage, vision, skill and imagination", saying pursuit of peace in the complex region with its history of fraught ties between the two countries required such courage.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2015 9:43 pm
narendra modi, modi pakistan visit, modi lahore visit, modi sharif meet, modi nawaz meet, modi twitter, india news, latest news Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif’s home in Raiwind, where his grand-daughter’s wedding is being held, at Lahore, Pakistan on December 25, 2015. (Source: PIB photo)

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan a “transformative moment” in the subcontinent, BJP on Saturday said it has provided yet another opportunity to write a new chapter in the difficult Indo-Pak relationship and rejected Congress’ criticism as “childish”.

The party hailed Modi for his “courage, vision, skill and imagination”, saying pursuit of peace in the complex region with its history of fraught ties between the two countries required such courage.

BJP spokesperson M J Akbar also noted at a press conference that it required “two authors reading from the same page” to write a new chapter while asserting that the peace process between the two neighbours has been revived in an “extraordinary” manner.

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Warm personal relation between Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif is “symptomatic” of the “diplomatic thaw” that has taken place, he said.

“The party expresses its deep admiration for the Prime Minister for his courage, vision, imagination and skill in creating a transformative moment on the sub-continent.

“Search of peace does not meant that we have already found it. But the process particularly in a region with as many complex problems as ours, history as ours; the pursuit of peace, always a fragile commodity, requires kind of courage shown in Lahore,” Akbar said and also admired Sharif for his leadership.

“We also extend our congratulations to Pakistan Prime Minister for his vision and leadership in this pursuit of peace,” he said.

Asked about Congress’ charge that an industrialist had arranged the meeting in Lahore and that Modi’s visit was meant to promote private business interests, he shot back, “What can be an answer to such childishness…. This is not only absolutely incorrect but also reflects on the brains of people raising such questions.”

“Unfortunately, there are one or two parties which are preferring partisan politics over national interest. Hope they will understand that the Prime Minister’s vision is for common good,” he said, adding that Modi will visit Pakistan next year for the SAARC Summit “if all goes well”.

He, however, added that all seeds of such a relationship are laid in “silence” and adding that a number of meetings, including the NSA-level talks in Bangkok, Modi’s meeting with Sharif in Paris and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Pakistan helped create a conducive atmosphere.

Akbar said the depth and extent of positive response to the meeting between the two government heads has been “extremely reassuring” and noted that mainstream political parties in Pakistan and the Left in India had also welcomed it besides the outside world.

Modi has been a “master” of such transformative moments, he said, recalling his decision to invite all the government heads of SAARC countries for his oath-taking ceremony and noted that subsequent developments indicated the difficulties in the Indo-Pak relation.

The Lahore meet, he said in a lighter vein, can be called an effective example of climate change except that it wanted to make the subcontinent warmer and not colder.

Modi has a great vision not only for Indo-Pak ties but for the whole SAARC region, Akbar said, suggesting that he wanted it like the EU, which was a “frozen war zone” 70 years back.

Quoting his own article, he said SAARC is the larger circle around which the Prime Minister was trying to untangle the “vicious” Indo-Pak circle.

Asked about what transpired between the talks between the two heads, he said it was not a structured dialogue but an attempt to build atmosphere which was successful.

To a question about allegations against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he strongly defended him, saying truth is with him and those attacking him are either “misled” or lying.

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    PS Azurite
    Dec 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    Talk something and do something else! I wish this rightist never should talk about stan in future, esp. during election! A white paper on stan policy is need of the hour. I wish to know where I (as Indian) stand to interact with a stani. Like Modiji, can I make a surprise visit to Karachi? I am sure 'NOPE' is the answer! We don't like HEADLINES in paper but a REALISTIC foreign policy with our neighbors. Jai Hind!
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      Jagdish Saigal
      Dec 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm
      Modi has again shown courage and imagination. It's time minority communities realize that he is unifier and honest person. Does not play vote bank politics.
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        Baba
        Dec 26, 2015 at 1:59 pm
        Definitely....
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          NARAYAN CH
          Dec 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm
          Wonderful idea of the Prime Minister , Mr. Narendra Modi to destroy the terrorism.
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            Ishan
            Dec 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm
            It is a welcome approach but two issues: (1) Does it have the sanction of the party ( the flock in the street , the likes of Yogi Adityanath etc) which is mostly belligerent vis a vis stan. (2) Is it a well thought out strategy or flows from the same thought process which has promised more but delivered little. What we are witnessing that the hopes are raised very with high bar but the governance of the day is failing in delivery.
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              Sabir
              Dec 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm
              BJP in fact TJP, Tre (Feku, gangster Shah & Jhuthley) Jan Party is shameless party. They reinvent every step or overstep of Feku and glorify as if a unique history is created. The sky must have fallen yesterday if MMS could do the same mistake. He must be tagged as weakest prime minister of the universe with pro-terrorist & no stan policy. The biggest sin of human history must have been identified yesterday by TJP for Manmohan Singh.
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                Sanjeev Singal
                Dec 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm
                "courage, vision, skill and imagination"...... BJP's Modi won last elections by its hyperbolic stanphobia. Next elections BJP's Modi wants to win by stanphilia. Great! BJP has made stan central to India's politics.
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                  shaikh
                  Dec 26, 2015 at 8:49 pm
                  good initiative by pmji
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                    shaikh
                    Dec 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm
                    politics in both the nation will die if the issue of both the nation is solved so do continue with same tradition of politics
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                      Sumit
                      Dec 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm
                      KhanCross is never the party for India. Nationalist spirited Congress has gone long years back. Now existing congress is nothing but the Vatican controlled KhanCross only. This party works for desadhurokis and Christians. Hindus or Indians should not expect anything wise from this Italian mom and England son. KhanCross is run by Italy, England and Vatican, makes KhanCross is truly an International party.
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                        Shyamal Ganguly
                        Dec 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm
                        RAJA and Praja. Two kings can hug and kiss each other because but citizens do not.
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                          raja
                          Dec 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm
                          Then elect yourself as Prime Minister and realise your type of foreign policy.
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                            Thrinethran T
                            Dec 27, 2015 at 12:18 am
                            Better be restrained about what appears to be a unilateral personalised initiative.
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                              Shrikant Sharma
                              Dec 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm
                              read the face and contours of NAWAJ SHARIF,ATAL COMMITED A MISTAKE WHILE HIS BUS JOURNEY AS KARGIL WAS SLAPPED ON INDIA'S FACE.
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