This stunning “goodwill” gesture is expected to fast-track repairs of a badly bruised Indo-Pak relationship.
The duo travelled to Sharif’s ancestral home in Raiwind town together in a Pakistani government chopper.
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed his wish to visit Pakistan, which was warmly welcomed”.
“Beyond the noise, a personal connect”.
Indian officials also have repeatedly accused Islamabad of stalling the trial of suspects in the 2008, India’s financial hub. “It was a spontaneous meeting”.
Sharif and Modi held a meeting in a “cordial and positive atmosphere” and they agreed to continue working for the welfare of people of their countries, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told reporters.
“When the whole world has appreciated this move; this kind of informal attitude and the warmth of the visit which will beneficial to the country in longer run, the rhetoric of Congress shows its mean mindedness”, he said.
Prime Minister Modi made a shock go to to Pakistan on Friday to meet his counterpart Sharif, each reaffirming to resume excessive-degree peace talks. Prime Minister Nawaz welcomed his Indian counterpart at Allama Iqbal International Airport among federal ministers including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Modi and Sharif have had a stop-start diplomatic relationship since the Indian premier’s surprise invitation to Sharif to his inauguration in May 2014. “He just gave his blessings to the bride”, Chaudhary said.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the trip infused a positive spirit in the neighbourhood.
The decision comes following Modi’s brief surprise visit to Lahore on Friday, where he stopped on his way back to New Delhi from Kabul.
“Terror and violence can not be the instrument to shape Afghanistan’s future or dictate the choices Afghans make”, Modi told Afghan MPs. This year, India broke an unwritten rule about not supplying offensive equipment to Afghanistan by giving the first three Mi-25 attack helicopters to Kabul.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan as a “right step in the right direction”.
It was the first time an Indian PM was in Pakistan since 2004 – when Atal Bihari Vajpayee travelled for the SAARC summit. But the meeting was called off after a row between Islamabad and New Delhi over Pakistani High Commissioner’s meeting with Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership in New Delhi.
Sayeed is undergoing medical treatment in New Delhi.
Top officials in both countries said the meeting was a closely kept secret.
Within minutes, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “That’s like a statesman”.