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Stopover at Lahore: PM visited Pak to promote private business interests, says Congress

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif Friday, the  Congress alleged that Modi was in Lahore to “promote private business interests (and) not India’s interest”.JD(U) and Aam Aadmi Party, too, slammed the PM for his unexpected move. The Left, however, welcomed it.

 Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the government is “foolishly” thinking that the PM’s unannounced trip was a “masterstroke”. Claiming that the visit was “pre-arranged and pre-discussed”, he said an “industrialist” had played a role in arranging the meeting.

“Engagement between nation states and talks between heads of states and governments must have predictability… no Prime Minister of India has landed in another country in this manner and claimed this was just to wish Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. How many heads of states and prime ministers in the world just abruptly make detours and land in the capital of another country to greet on birthdays and Christmas? This country cannot be fooled by that,” he said.Sharma said Modi’s “approach is frivolous, unpredictable and marked by fits, starts and abrupt U-turns. (indian express,2015)