Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan on his way back home from Kabu Friday to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Both leaders wore their national dresses.
Sharif personally received Modi at the airport with a warm hug and they walked away from the aeroplane holding hands firmly. Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart held a meeting at the latter’s residence, the details of which are still unknown.
The last visit to Pakistan by an Indian prime minister was in 2004 by then leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Mr.Modi consistently attacked the Manmohan Singh government for trying to make peace with India’s neighbour ass he was in run for prime minster in 2014.
In his speech he said it an “enemy country” and a nation of “expert liars.” And he would use force to respond to the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.
“A neighbour hits you and in response you go to America!” he said. “Why don’t you go to Pakistan instead? It needs to be replied back in its own coin. Stop writing love letters to Pakistan.”
A fortnight ago Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan to start a new phase in India-Pakistan ties, which clearly signaled that the BJP government saw peace with Pakistan to be good politics.
On December 9, however, the BJP went back on its decision to scrap the dialogue and, in fact, went further than even the Manmohan Singh government, by making peace with Pakistan a public event with a showmanship that is Modi’s speciality.