NEW DELHI: It took everyone by surprise when India Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Lahore to wish his Pakistani counterpart on his Birthday. Obviously, Modi’s tour to Lahore was not on his schedule when he visited Afghanistan for a diplomatic talk. Ultimately, the United Nations and the global power houses like United States and the China welcomed the friendly approach followed by PM Narendra Modi which may redefine the future India-Pakistan bilateral engagement.
The Prime Minister had earlier visited Russia on a diplomatic tour. As per his schedule, he should visit Afghanistan before reaching to his office in New Delhi. But, at around 16.50 IST on December 25th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has even surprised Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his off-the schedule visit to Lahore.
PM Modi received a warm welcome with Pakistan Prime Minister himself coming to the airport to receive his Indian counterpart. It was followed by a friendly dinner between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi.
With India Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a surprise visit to Lahore, ‘India’s diplomacy against Pakistan’ surfaced the limelight in the global media. Taking a dig into the past before PM Modi visiting Lahore, we can observe a series of positive results between the India-Pakistan relations. It all started after the meeting between India Prime Minter Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on the sidelines of the Paris Summit.
The dialogue between the Prime Ministers opened a deadlock called ‘Bilateral dialague’, which remained uncertain for more than a year. Soon after the Paris Summit, India External-Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj visited the Pakistan capital which paved way for a significant bilateral dialogue.
A joint statement released by the Pakistan High-commission said that India and Pakistan will soon initiate a bilateral dialogue with Kashmir and Terrorism on the agenda. As of now both the countries foreign secretaries are in talks to formulate the agenda for a bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan.
With India-Pakistan bilateral atmosphere stepping up for a friendly relation between the two countries, political analysts are keen to witness the outcome of the slated bilateral dialogue between the two countries, next month.