Modi touches Pakistani PM mother's feet as mark of respect

Web Report/Lahore
Filed on December 25, 2015
Modi touches Pakistani PM mothers feet as mark of respect


Modi attended a lunch-cum-dinner at Sharif's residence, Jati Umrah, as well as the Pakistani PM's grand-daughter's wedding.

On his way home from Kabul, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flew into Lahore for a surprise meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

During his brief visit, Modi also touched PM Sharif's mother's feet as a mark of respect in Hindu culture, India TV reported.

Modi was attending a lunch-cum-dinner at Sharif's residence, Jati Umrah, when Sharif's mother also entered the hall where both premiers were holding the meeting along with his other family members, a source said.

"Modi touched the feet of Sharif's mother."

Modi's visit to Lahore is the first trip to Pakistan by an Indian premier in more than 10 years.

The meal

At the lunch-cum-dinner, it was reported that Modi's favourite dish 'Saag' was among other vegetarian delicacies prepared for him.

"All dishes, including Saag, daal and vegetable food, were cooked in desi ghee," a source in the Jati Umra told PTI. 

He said Kashmiri tea was presented to the Indian premier.  Some 11 members of Modi's delegation accompanied him to the Jati Umerah who were issued a 72-hour visa. 

Modi touched by Sharif's welcome

Tweeting about his visit to Pakistan, especially on Sharif's birthday, Modi said that he was touched by the Pakistani premier's gesture of receiving and coming to see him off at the airport.

Commenting on attending Sharif's grand-daughter's marriage, he tweeted:

He also tweeted about Sharif's affection towards ex-Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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