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Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif walk hand-in-hand, Pakistan welcomes India’s initiative

Narendra Modi landed in Lahore on Thursday to pay a quick visit to Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's residence in Raiwind.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Lahore on Thursday for a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in a surprise visit to this country--the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in more than 10 years. (Source: Twitter)

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PM Modi was received by Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif with a warm hug at the tarmac of Allama Iqbal International Airport after his unexpected stopover in Lahore on his way back home after a day-long trip today to Afghanistan where he went after concluding a two-day visit to Russia. (Source: PIB)

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The last visit to Pakistan by an Indian prime minister was in 2004 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose 91st birthday fell today and who is credited with bringing about a thaw in relations with Islamabad. Pakistani authorities put security on high alert in Lahore especially around the airport area following the announcement of Modi's brief visit to the eastern city. (Source: PIB)

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Thursday's meeting was the third meet between the leaders of India and Pakistan, since Narendra Modi came in power, last year.(Source: PTI)

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Prime Minister Modi was accorded a red carpet welcome as PM's special IAF Boeing 737 plane made a smooth touchdown at 4.20 local time(4.50 IST). He then took a chopper to proceed to Sharif's Raiwind palatial residence in the outskirts of Lahore.

"Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi," tweeted Modi, who was on his first to Pakistan, as he wound up his visit to Afghanistan. Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif & wished him on his birthday," Modi added in another tweet. Sharif turned 66 today. (Source: PIB)

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The visit came more than two weeks after Modi and Sharif had an unscheduled meeting at climate change talks in Paris. The agenda of the meeting is not known but the two leaders are expected to discuss major issues which have rocked ties between the two countries. (Source: PIB)

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A PML-N source told PTI that Sharif had invited Modi to attend the marriage of his granddaughter Mehrun Nisa which is taking place at the Sharif's Raiwind palatial residence. PM Modi and Sharif flew on a chopper to his residence. (Source: PIB)

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"Welcome to Pakistan @narendramodi. Constant engagement is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues," Opposition PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted. (Source: PIB)