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Modi surprise to visit Pak for wish Sharif Featured

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sprung a massive surprise  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.

 "Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi," he tweeted this afternoon. He had wished Mr Sharif on his birthday earlier today. This will be his first visit to Pakistan since taking office last year and the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian prime minister in 12 years. The announcement came just after PM Modi, during a joint session of the Afghan Parliament, appeared to send a strong message to Pakistan on terror, without naming the country. News of his sudden Pakistan visit sparked speculation about a new,   out-of-the-box approach to ties with Pakistan, away from the media glare and political speculation.

 The two prime ministers last met in Paris on the sidelines of the Climate Change Summit on November 30. Their handshake and 15-minute chat was the lead-in to talks between the National Security Advisors of the two countries. Those talks were also held secretly in Bangkok on December 6.Days later, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj also visited Islamabad for an Afghan conference. PM Modi is expected to visit Pakistan next year for the SAARC Summit likely to be held in September.

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