Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden visit to Lahore on December 25 left many surprised in India as well as in Pakistan. He reached there to wish his counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. Good gesture and bonhomie from both sides dominated this short and sudden visit to neighbouring country last visited by any Indian prime minister in 2004.
Before PM Modi, only three prime ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited the neighbouring nation. Modi also became the only Indian prime minister to have visited the private residence of a Pakistani prime minister. According to reports, during the conversation, PM Modi apparently told Sharif “jung bahut karli. Jung karke kya paya, na zameen mili na jannat paya (What has war yielded, neither land nor heaven).”
Agreeing with PM Modi, Sharif brothers supposedly told him – ‘Well said”, the report said. Read More: Surprise diplomacy: Modi to visit Pakistan, meet Sharif in Lahore today Modi paid visit to Lahore for about two hours on his way from Kabul which made headlines across the world. During the visit both the leaders discussed bilateral issues with an attempt to resume the stalled peace process between the two countries. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and other Indian officials also accompanied PM Modi on his surprise visit to Lahore. Pakistan described Modi’s stopover in Lahore as a ‘goodwill visit’.