Even as political parties at Home debated Prime Minister Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan, major political parties in Pakistan welcomed his quick visit to his counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s family home on his birthday, terming it a “new beginning of relations”. The political circle in the neighbor nation were of opinion that PM Modi’s move will help improve ties between the two countries.
The Prime Minister stayed for over two hours in Lahore on his way back home from Afghanistan on Friday during which he held talks with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif at his Raiwind house.
Opposition leader in the Pakistan parliament Syed Khurshid Shah said his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supported Modi’s visit. Welcoming the surprise visit, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted “Welcome to Pakistan @narendramodi. Constant engagement is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues”.
Other prominent opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party chief Imran Khan also welcomed PM Modi’s trip and said it will help improve ties between the two countries.
Welcoming his visit, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that it would be helpful for peace and stability in the region. He said such contacts should continue for resolving all the issues, including the longstanding Kashmir dispute. Asif said Pakistan wanted good ties with its neighbours
Radio Pakistan reported that former PPP Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said Modi’s trip would help in holding composite dialogue between the two countries. Awami National Party leader Zahid Khan said Modi’s visit was a “new beginning of relations between Pakistan and India”
Not just the political circle, but the civil society in Pakistan too welcomed Prime Minister Modi’s surprise diplomatic gesture.
Renowned human rights activist Asma Jehangir said the Indian Prime Minister should play his role in stopping alleged human rights violation in Kashmir as well as reducing visa restrictions between the two countries
Defence expert Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Shahid Latif said the meeting between the two leaders was a positive move and it would pave the way for resolving core issues between the two nuclear powers
(With inputs from PTI)