Modi touches Pakistani PM mother's 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.
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.
Am personally touched by Nawaz Sharif Sahab 's gesture of welcoming me at Lahore airport and coming to the airport when I left.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
Commenting on attending Sharif's grand-daughter's marriage, he tweeted:
Spent a warm evening with Sharif family at their family home. Nawaz Sahab's birthday & granddaughter's marriage made it a double celebration- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
He also tweeted about Sharif's affection towards ex-Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Nawaz Sharif Sahab's affection towards Atal ji is very touching. He recalled their interactions & asked me to convey his regards to Atal ji.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2015
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