After more than 17 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. The two met in the leaders’ lounge at the opera house, where they exchanged greetings. This is their fifth meeting.
Sources said that since it was the first occasion when the two leaders came across each other after Sharif’s surgery, Modi enquired about his health. “He also enquired about Sharif’s mother and his family”.
The Indian media got the wind that Sharif’s hotel was the Ramada Plaza. They rushed there. Sharif arrived at the Ramada Plaza, 2.9 km from the Radisson where Modi is staying. The Indian media shouted three questions as the Kazakh security body-blocked them. “Will you be meeting PM Modi”? No response, Sharif turned, smiled and waved. “Will Pakistan stop exporting terror?” Again no response, Sharif keeps waving. “Kya aapki PM Modi se mulaqat hogi?”
Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “There were couple of occasions when leaders were at the same place. PM met Sharif or not, that we are not aware. We have to ask the Prime Minister. I will ask him and update you.”
When asked whether there was pressure from China and Russia for a meeting, Baglay said that he is not aware of any such pressure. “PM had met President Putin a few days ago in St Petersburg, there was no such conversation.”