Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spontaneous visits to Lahore surprised everyone. Even, most vocal amid supporters of PM Modi on social media was also in shock and refrained themselves to justify his move to visit Pakistan. Actually, they were in catch22 situation. As they always taunt and send seculars and non-supporters of Modi to Pakistan and now their own ‘idol’ were in neighbouring country. Modi supporters, those who were always vocal about Modi’s visit to foreign land were speechless as they peeved lots of hate for Muslims and Pakistan in recent time.
This was PM Narendra Modi’s first visit ever to Pakistan. Ironically, before the tweet, he launched a veiled attack on Pakistan saying that “Afghanistan will only succeed if terror stops flowing across the border.”
The opposition has condemned Modi’s sudden decision to “drop by” in Pakistan on his way back home from Afghanistan, also questioning the manner in which the visit was announced. They also warned, “PM Modi’s adventures will have serious implications.”
The Janata Dal United said it was “shocked”. Senior leader KC Tyagi said, “I am stunned and shocked. At this moment, I can think of beheaded Hemraj.” Lance Naik Hemraj was beheaded by Pakistani soldiers on January 8 last year in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Criticising PM Modi’s visit to Pakistan, senior Congress leader wrote on his Twitter account, “PM’s misadventure to Lahore is worst manifestation of spectecalisation of diplomacy. Last time Vajpayee went to Lahore Kargil! this time what (sic)?
Whereas, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying it is a step in the right direction.
Sayeed said he was delighted by Modi’s visit, which will further strengthen the bonds of friendship and usher in an era of peace and stability in the region. This is an “evolutionary process and step in the right direction”, he said.
However, social media were totally confused and given mixed reaction on his sudden visit to Pakistan
Sudheendra Kulkarni, whose face was blacked by Shiv Sena leaders recently for organised book launch of Pakistani writer tweeted
PM @narendramodi has given best b’day gift to #AtalBihariVajpayee ji by continuing his #IndoPak peace mission. Al the best, Modi ji! #Lahore
Some even trolled Prime minister
Barkha’s reaction after PM Modi’s surprise stopover @ Lahore pic.twitter.com/64397zh0RP
One thing’s for sure. No one saw this coming and are either stunned or pleasantly surprised at this development. #modi #Lahore
Narendra Modi had Walked during National Anthem. So being a True Sanghi, he is punishing himself by going to Pakistan immediately
Another round of Bollywood diplomacy in Lahore. BJP says what better day than ‘Atalji’s birthday’. Sanghi logic
Wonder what giriraj singh, kailash vijayvargiya of the ‘Go to #Pakistan’ brigade are thinking today when @pmoindia is going to #Lahore
Modi visiting Lahore.
Who accompanying him?
Adani’s gas deal was in pipeline.
Can you investigate?
Guess who’s in Lahore apart from @narendramodi -@sajjanjindal59! My turn to say I TOLD YOU SO about secret PM meet he set up in SAARC Nepal
Many rejoiced at this surprise announcement, while other took a dig at him for the impromptu plan. The last visit to Pakistan by an Indian prime minister was in 2004 by then leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is credited with bringing about a thaw in relations with Islamabad.
Modi and Sharif have had a stop-start diplomatic relationship since the Indian premier’s surprise invite to Sharif for his inauguration last May. Both countries’ governments have frequently disputed each other’s claims on contentious issues such as terrorism, the divided territory of Kashmir and the pace of the trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case.
In the meantime, 25th December was not only Christmas Day, but it was Birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too.