The K word has many times ruined Indo-Pak relations. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sudden stopover in Lahore on his way back to India has every stakeholder in Pakistan cheering for him.
As soon as the Prime Minister announced that he would be flying down to Lahore, from former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed the decision.
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
Indo-Pak relations have been plagued by knee-jerk reactions & a lack of consistency. Looking towards two PMs to correct this this time.- Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 25, 2015
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
Former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman, speaking to India Today, said that she didn't know how far the move would actually translate into strengthening ties but she welcomed it. She also tweeted:
political will and vision needed on all sides to address issues specially Kashmir.- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) December 25, 2015
Surprise visit by Indian PM @narendramodi. Welcome to Pakistan. Hope we can move forward on substantive issues- SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) December 25, 2015
The CEO of Pakistan's Dawn Media Group, Hameed Haroon was also upbeat about the meeting. Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a 'shrewd politician who makes strong moves without making too much of noise prior to them happening', Haroon underlined the need to continue the dialogue between both the countries.
"It is important that these dialogues continue. I think it is clear in that people in both Pakistan and India have been pressing for it. I think Prime Minister Modi is a shrewd politician and he has made a right move and I think he has a desire for between India and its neighbours," Haroon told media here.
"I see it as a sign of some important things to come," he added.
When asked if he was surprised about the timing of meeting between the two Prime Ministers, Haroon said, "It may look abrupt to us but it is clearly in the cabinet of Mr. Modi and his think tank which takes his moves."
"Bangkok was equally surprising; Sushma Swaraj's visit to Islamabad was also surprising. I think Mr. Modi likes to take strong moves without making too much of noise prior to them happening," he said.
"I think rightfully Prime Mnister Sharif should be thrilled and all peace loving people of Pakistan should be happy," he added.
Prime Minister Modi in a massive surprise to many tweeted that he would drop by Lahore on his way back to Delhi and meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who turned 66 today.
"Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi," the prime minister tweeted this afternoon.
With inputs from ANI