Spent a warm evening with Sharif family at their family home. Nawaz Sahab's birthday & granddaughter's marriage made it a double celebration- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
Nawaz Sharif Sahab's affection towards Atal ji is very touching. He recalled their interactions & asked me to convey his regards to Atal ji.
- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
Am personally touched by Nawaz Sharif Sahab's gesture of welcoming me at Lahore airport and coming to the airport when I left.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra has reached the residence of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to offer his greetings on the occasion of the latter's birthday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in New Delhi after his visit to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.
"I feel that the PM has taken a first step. This is an innovative diplomacy," Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
"Earlier the Lahore bus yatra by Atal Bihari Vajpayee was done in the thought that friends may change but not neighbours. We should have good relations with our neighbours," he said.
"It was a good visit. It has been decided that there will be more interaction, people to people contact to create an environment of goodwill," Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, said.
"Meeting was held in very cordial atmosphere. All issues in composite dialogue to be taken up. Foreign Secretaries of both countries could meet in January in Islamabad," he said.
PM Modi leaves Lahore after his surprise visit to greet Nawaz Sharif on his birthday, the two held talks at the Pak PM's home. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came to the airport to see him off.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for the airport after wrapping up talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif's ancestral home.
"PM has a habit of grabbing headlines. They think this will help him get the tag of a statesman. After visits to Russia and Kabul, he decided to go to Pakistan," Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
"Diplomacy should be serious and mature. It's not a joke. Not only for news. Nation's interest should be kept first," he said.
"PM has no vision. He gave conflicting views. His whole Lok Sabha campaign was to attack Pakistan. In 18-19 months, sometimes they talk, sometimes they don't," he said.
"Any engagement of India and Pakistan is a welcome thing. Clearly a back-channel that has made this possible," Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told NDTV.
"The Indo-Pak engagement have gone through a lot of roughs. Now a jaw dropping event done by the Prime Minister. But there is no consistency," he said.
"It's almost unheard of in Asian region. The onus now is on these two Prime Ministers. Let's see what happens," he said.
"Any chai pe charcha is good. Kashmiri kawa is sweeter. May be sweet start would be appropriate," Mr Abdullah said.
Modis surprise visit to Pakistan a positive move,people of kashmir welcome any opportunity that bring India Pak close,political will1/2- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) December 25, 2015
political will and vision needed on all sides to address issues specially Kashmir.- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) December 25, 2015
Family matters. PM visits PM Sharif's home in a special gesture, where his grand-daughter's wedding is being held pic.twitter.com/nWj9hQvugy- Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 25, 2015
In a first, both PMs flew together in chopper to Raiwind, home of PM Nawaz Sharif pic.twitter.com/z2JQLjQFB6- Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 25, 2015
Desi ghee main bani subziyan, kheer and Kashmiri chai on the menu for PM Modi, reports NDTV's Yusra Askari.
The Communist Party of India today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to visit Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying it would help take forward the India-Pak dialogue process.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving on a chopper for his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif's residence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flight has landed in Lahore.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached the airport to receive PM Modi
Businessman Sajjan Jindal, who is believed to have mediated a meeting between PM Modi and Mr Sharif in Kathmandu last year, is also in Lahore today. NDTV's Barkha Dutt had revealed in her book that the two prime ministers had talked for over an hour in the meeting facilitated by Mr Jindal, who is Congress leader Navin Jindal's brother.
In Lahore to greet PM Navaz Sharif on his birthday. pic.twitter.com/t97nvUIkN4- Sajjan Jindal (@sajjanjindal59) December 25, 2015
It is good to see PM Modi meeting Nawaj Sharif but I fail to understand why we were criticised even for looking at Pakistan.- Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) December 25, 2015
The re-engagement with Pakistan is a good step & a very welcome development. However more than grand gestures we need consistency.- Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 25, 2015
I welcome PM Modi visit to Pakistan let us hope Pakistan expediates the 26/11 trial ,and leads to more dialogue and talks b/w both Countries- Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) December 25, 2015
According to sources, PM Modi's Lahore trip was decided today. It came out of PM Modi's phone call to PM Sharif for his birthday this morning. Details of meeting with PM Sharif were being planned till the last minute before take off for Lahore, reports NDTV's Nidhi Razdan.
Bridge builders and changemakers. PM spends time with Indians who work for the reconstruction of Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/qwlyD1SuND- Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 25, 2015
PM's misadventure to Lahore is worst manifestation of Spectecalisation of Diplomacy Last time Vajpayee went to Lahore Kargil!this time what?- Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) December 25, 2015
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached the Lahore airport to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing a joint session of both houses of the Afghan Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, without naming Pakistan, said that "nurseries and sanctuaries of terrorism" must be shut.
That's like a statesman. Padosi se aise hi rishte hone chahiyen. https://t.co/dM26am9tWf- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 25, 2015
it's BJP/Modi who has been opposing talks with Pak during Manmohan time under the pretext of Pak sponsored terrorism. What has changed now ?- ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) December 25, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sprung a massive surprise today as he tweeted that he would "drop by" Lahore on his way back to Delhi and meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who turns 66 today. Read More.
PM Narendra Modi tweets 'looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore this afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi'.
Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif & wished him on his birthday.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
Afghanistan "will succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the border", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today in strong message to Pakistan, without naming the country, which is often accused by Kabul of sponsoring the Taliban insurgency.
"Yaari hai iman mera, yaar meri zindagi," Prime Minister Narendra Modi quotes "most famous pathan character from Hindi cinema" - Sher Khan.
"Every youth in Afghanistan should see a future in which IT stands for information technology, not international terrorism," he says.
"Afghanistan will succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the border; when nurseries and sanctuaries of terrorism are shut," he said.
We strongly welcome the generous announcement of 500 education scholarships by HE Prime Min Modi for the children of ANSF Martyrs- Sediq Sediqqi (@moispokesman) December 25, 2015
"To every Afghan, who risked or lost his life so that his Indian guest is safe, I convey the eternal gratefulness of India," he said.
"In the heart of every Indian and Afghan, there is boundless love for each other," he said.
"Together we have built roads that have brought regions closer; power transmission lines & power stations that light up Afghan homes," he said.
"We could not have chosen a more special day than the birthday of former PM Vajpayeeji who dreamt of this project with Karzai Saheb," he said.
"This building will stand as an enduring symbol of the ties of emotions and values, of affection and aspirations that bind us together," he said.
A land where legends are born - of poetry and beauty, of valour and honour, of pride and generosity: PM Modi on Afghanistan.
A Warm Welcome For PM Modi
PM meets President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani at Presidential Palace Kabul, Afghanistan
- PM Modi will inaugurate the Parliament complex constructed by India at a cost of $90 million
- The Prime Minister is also expected to address the Afghan lawmakers.
- PM Modi and President Ashraf Ghani are expected to issue a joint statement after holding talks.
- Prior to PM's day-long visit, India has delivered three Mi 25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan