These views were expressed by various political leaders and analysts, which were aired by various news channels on the brief stopover of Indian Prime Minister in Lahore while returning to New Delhi from Kabul.
Former Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, while welcoming Modi’s visit, said the leadership of both the countries had no other option but to come to the negotiation table to solve the longstanding issues.
He said,”I have already written in my book that the two countries’leadership should come to the table sooner or later and it is a good move by the Indian Prime Minister.”
Responding to a question, Khursheed Kasuri said the Indian Prime Minister was under international pressure to start the dialogue process with Pakistan. He (Modi) during his visits to United States, China and Russia was asked to initiate talks with Pakistan.
Both the countries had faced worst situation for months as their armies came eyeball to eyeball, he added.
Kasuri said it was need of the hour that leadership of both the countries should exhibit maturity to resolve their problems through negotiations. The two neighbours were nuclear powers with nukes ranging from minimum to maximum capability, he added.
Former Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira also welcomed the visit of Indian Prime Minister. It was an ice-breaking visit,he said.
To a question about the duration of the visit, he said, “Leave aside the duration, whether brief or long, but it is a good omen for both the countries.”
Kaira said he highly appreciated the positive gesture of the Indian Prime Minister as it would open positive vistas for holding composite dialogue between the two countries.
The two prime ministers’ meeting was itself an enormous event, which should be view as a positive development, he remarked.
Zahid Khan of Awami National Party viewed that it was a new beginning of relations which witnessed a see-saw ride during the past.
Renowned human rights activist Asma Jehangir said leadership of both the countries should use their capabilities for reducing tension.
When asked about the outcome of the visit, she said one should expect a positive outcome and it would be beneficial for the peoples of the two countries.
She said the benefits of peace were enormous, but war had none other than destruction.
The good gestures would not only be fruitful for the two neighbours but also for entire region, she added.
She said the Indian Prime Minister should also play his role in reducing visa restrictions between the two countries along with stopping human rights violation in the Indian Held Kashmir.
Former Information Minister Sherry Rehman said the stopover by Narendra Modi (in Lahore) was highly appreciated by democratic forces.
It was not only a reflection of goodwill gesture by the Indian PM but also ha manifold dimensions and democratic perspectives, she maintained.
Prime Minister Modi, she said, should utilize his full political strength for reducing gulf between the two countries and lay the foundation of new beginning of bilateral relations.
Vinod Sharma, Political Editor of Hindustan Times termed the surprise visitof Modi to Pakistan a “pleasant incident” and now the process of dialogue between the two countries should take place.
Defence analyst Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Shahid Latif said the meeting between the two prime ministers was a positive move and it would pave the way for resolving core issues between the two nuclear powers.