Goodwill gesture on part of Modi: Pakistan government

Lahore, Dec 25 (IANS) The Pakistan government on Friday described as a “goodwill gesture” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore where he met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

“It was a goodwill gesture on the part of the Indian prime minister,” Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told the media.

“Prime Minister Sharif has welcomed this,” he added.

On his way back to New Delhi from Kabul, Modi made a sudden stopover in Lahore where he greeted Sharif on his birthday and took part in the wedding celebrations of the latter’s granddaughter.

After blessing the bride during the 90-minute visit to Sharif’s ancestral home at Raiwind, 40 km from here, Modi later flew to New Delhi.

Chaudhury said that both the leaders agreed to carry forward the peace process and broaden bilateral contacts.

“Both the leaders decided to continue the dialogue in the greater interest of people of the two nations,” he said.

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