‘Modi choosing Jinnah’s birthday to visit Lahore speaks of symbolism’

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Pakistani media has paid glowing tribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore on Friday. While some say it was a masterstroke move by the Indian PM, others have praised him for choosing ‘the birthday of Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah to make his maiden visit to Pakistan.’

A report published in ARY News said, “Narendra Modi has chosen the birthday of Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah to make his maiden visit to Pakistan — speaks of symbolism.”

The Nation said described it as a masterstroke adding that Modi’s decision to spend more than 150 minutes in Lahore- heart of Pakistan- has left everyone everyone pleasantly surprised.

The News said it was a goodwill visit by Indian prime minister and the conversation between him and Nawaz Sharif was held in pleasant atmosphere.

The Express Tribune wrote that Modi’s visit was the first by any Indian PM for 12 years adding that the two countries, which had fought three wars, needed to normalise their relations. The paper said that the tension between the two countries had considerably reduced because of the handshake of the two prime ministers.

Earlier today, we reported how even the US media had hailed Narendra Modi’s trip to Pakistan. Although, Modi’s tweet implied it was a sudden visit, but others facts suggested that this was planned well in advance with one businessman being a conduit in facilitating the meeting of two prime ministers.

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