Left welcomes Modi’s visit to Pakistan

Kolkata, Dec 25 (IANS) The CPI-M led Left Front on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise move to stopover in Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

“It is not bad that Modi has decided to meet the Pakistani prime minister and have talks. It should be welcomed,” said Front chairman Biman Bose.

Communist Party of India-Marxist Lok Sabha member Mohammad Salim too welcomed the move but insisted having consistent and regular dialogues for a lasting peace.

“As a Leftist, I welcome any step towards peace and cooperation with Pakistan. We should move beyond photo-ops and personal bonhomie.

“Consistent, regular dialogues and more people to people contact essential for lasting peaceful legacy. Negate hate-mongers and terrorists,” he tweeted.

Talking to media persons later, Salim contended that the central government must come up with a concrete policy on the issue.

“The centre must have a come up with a concrete policy about the relationship with Pakistan. They must elaborate how far they want to go and must take the country’s population in confidence on the matter,” he said.

In his first visit to Pakistan and the first trip by an Indian prime minister to the country in 11 years, Modi made an unscheduled stopover in Lahore to meet Sharif on his birthday.

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