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Modi surprised with planned affairs in Lahore visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore on his way back from Kabula is might not be surprise visit, it was planned affair pushed by diplomats from across the borders.

 Former Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir, laid the foundation of the meeting, the first trip by an Indian PM to Pakistan in 11 years, during a recent private visit to India, diplomatic sources in the Indian Capital told mid-day. If the diplomatic move was the first push, the second came from none other than Mumbai-based steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal, a personal friend of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, whose family is also into the steel business through the Ittefaq group of Industries, an integrated steel producer with major operations in Punjab district of Pakistan. It was founded by industrialist Muhammad Sharif, the father of Nawaz Sharif. “Jindal is in Lahore for the last couple of days to attend the wedding of Nawaz Sharif's granddaughter. The two families often discuss business strategies,” said the sources.

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