This has been hailed as a great diplomatic move, and derided as “theatre”, but the overall reaction to this has been encouraging.

Modi walked during anthem so going to Pak as punishment Reactions to Modis sudden Pak visitFile image of PM Modi meeting President Nawaz Sharif
news Social Buzz Friday, December 25, 2015 - 17:15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took everyone by surprise on Friday morning when he tweeted that he was going to drop by Lahore and meet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his way back to India from Afghanistan, after wishing the latter on his birthday. This would be the first time an Indian PM is visiting Pakistan in more than a decade.

The meeting was scheduled at the Lahore airport where the Pakistani PM would meet his Indian counterpart over a cup of tea for a couple of hours, but the Indian PM boarded a helicopter to head to the Pakistani PM's residence.

This has been both hailed as a great diplomatic move and derided as “theatre”, but the overall reaction to this has been encouraging. But there was the dose of politicisation and humour over the PM’s sudden visit to Pakistan.

First, there was the immediate politicking, with Omar Abdullah mocking the PDP, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj encouraging the PM and the Congress, AAP and Shiv Sena going after the BJP, although for different reasons.

There was the general overall praise from journalists and observers

Here are some voices from the other side,

And then there were the hilarious jokes and happy observations, 


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