Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) and Indian premier Narendra Modi (L). — File photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) and Indian premier Narendra Modi (L). — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Replying to a letter written by his Pakistani counterpart, Indian premier Narendra Modi on Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Karachi airport.

He expressed sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in the senseless and barbaric attack.


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Modi said the relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation would unleash enormous opportunities for the youth, secure a more prosperous future for people and accelerate progress across the region.

"I was also encouraged by our discussions on our bilateral relations and the convergence in our views,” he wrote.

"I was particularly delighted and honoured by your participation in the ceremony for the swearing in of the new government. Your presence and that of other leaders from our region not only added a special sheen to the event, but also a celebration of the strength of democracy in our region and a reflection of our collective hopes and shared destinies," Modi said.

"I look forward to working closely with you and your government in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course in our bilateral relations,” the Indian PM said.

"I thank you once again for the sari that you sent for my mother, a gesture that she has deeply appreciated," the Indian PM said.


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Aamir
Jun 13, 2014 12:49pm

Keep writing each other letters. It will not serve any purpose. A true democratic government is the only solution to Pakistan problems. Revolution is soon coming.

Red Dawn
Jun 13, 2014 12:52pm

Godspeed. We are Going in right direction.

Rajesh
Jun 13, 2014 12:55pm

Fantastic reply from Modi. All those who hate Modi should relax and give peace and prosperity a chance. He is a visionary leader and probably the best leader of India ever......

Akram
Jun 13, 2014 12:58pm

These 2 gentlemen seem to like each other. They have many things in common, including hatred of Musharraf.

Parvez
Jun 13, 2014 01:01pm

Slow and steady wins the race.......I hope Nawaz realises this and does not get carried away like most likely he will.

Sunil
Jun 13, 2014 01:04pm

Both are "N" Nawaz and Narendra, like two North poles attract each other.

Raghu
Jun 13, 2014 01:11pm

It's a time for PAK and India to work towards the economical growth...Other useless issues must be thrown away so that we survive otherwise destruction is visibly clear

Joker
Jun 13, 2014 01:33pm

He knows that he treated Nawaz like school boy so he is trying to make up.

brasstacks
Jun 13, 2014 01:33pm

@Sunil north poles attract each other , really ?!

Bahadur
Jun 13, 2014 01:45pm

Folks, Modi is playing all d Master Strokes, Pak Will be exposed and made to succumb to the reality very soon. Tha day is not very far away, when Paki Governamnt will succumb and surrender to the truth. Feeling happy for the developments.

Bahadur
Jun 13, 2014 01:46pm

Hafiz whatever...., he will be made to understand the power of Democracy. Very soon.

m.muthusamy
Jun 13, 2014 01:49pm

my dear pm modiji ,
what ever you do we believe in your approach. LONG LIVE PM MODI.

Anarchist
Jun 13, 2014 01:58pm

Why dont they write e-mails to each other? Much quicker.

Kublai
Jun 13, 2014 02:09pm

No need to write letters. Use email. Use fax. Use twitter.

Awais
Jun 13, 2014 02:16pm

A very positive reply. Hopes things get better.

aks
Jun 13, 2014 02:25pm

Too little too late.

muhammad
Jun 13, 2014 03:13pm

This is a good gesture this will increase confidence on both side and further we should accept the realities and constrains of both sides leadership

andy jorgensen
Jun 13, 2014 03:22pm

Let us hope that these two leaders form a genuine friendship. Let us hope that they will strive to fix the problems ailing the two countries, and that we can have the relationship that is the right of every brother and sister. I look forward to the day that we can visit each others countries like the people do between the U.S.A and Canada, without any hassle and that the two countries will benefit from it.

Bilal
Jun 13, 2014 04:47pm

Love it! Let's leave the history of rivalry behind and move towards a bright future of regional peace and development.

anil
Jun 13, 2014 04:53pm

Importance of a leader to a country will be realized by this PM.

Mohammed Abbasi
Jun 13, 2014 06:30pm

Inshallah the beginnings of a more maturer stonger relations between Pakistan and India. Yes there will be those who try to disrupt relations between the South Asian nations - and they are vocal, but there are in the minority. Onwards!

Aneel
Jun 13, 2014 06:47pm

This is typical Indian approach towards Pakistan. First they write love letters and when Pakistani started feeling safe they come and stab us at the back. Don't forget Bangladesh and other wars. Just because of this letter, I don't think any Muslim will feel safe with Narendra Modi.

usman777
Jun 13, 2014 08:52pm

I despise Modi for his butchery in Gujrat but the guy is undeniably intelligent and thinks 10 moves ahead. Brilliant and Brutal is what Indian majority has selected for themselves. Nawaz plays checkers to Modi's chess.

The last true leaders we had was Ayub Khan and Liaqat Ali Khan. Not to put these gentlemen in same league as Modi since Ayub and Liaqat actually had good character. One resigned, the other gave the ultimate price purportedly for trying to create a loose federal union with Afghanistan.

I encourage everyone to google picture of Ayub Khan talking to Shastri or someone on Time magazine cover. A time when Pakistan was ascendant. sigh...

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali
Jun 13, 2014 09:01pm

Mr. Modi: You have found a sucker in Pakistan who will feel your pain. I am sorry your boys did not succeed in their mission. Do not try next time, or we will come after you.

hasan
Jun 13, 2014 09:46pm

Modi is a TRUE leader. What maturity he has displayed in his last two speeches. We need a MODI in Paksitan

VC
Jun 13, 2014 09:50pm

@Aneel Please get your history knowledge straight. India never attacked Pakistan. What happened in Bangladesh is known to all. If you try to put your army on your own people, you encourage the birth of a new nation. I keep telling that learning from your past mistakes is imperative to avoid recurrence of the same mistakes in future.

allaisa
Jun 13, 2014 10:23pm

@Aamir What revolution? The only revolution that ever happens in Pakistan is a coup by the Army. Considering that whether the Army is in power are not, they are as adept in robbing the common man in Pakistan as the politicians. Looks like you have a gentleman's agreement between the Army and the politicians for robbing the common man.

Jamaal
Jun 13, 2014 10:47pm

Modi is too smart for Nawaz. He is disciple of Channakya who said kill your enemy from behind and be the first one to cry over his dead body. Wake up Nawaz before he is too late. He will use Afghanistan to its fullest to destabilize Pakistan and you will still be celebrating Aman ki Aasha.

Mohammad Akhtar
Jun 14, 2014 01:00am

Keep talking, peace is the way to go, life is too short, resolve the issues and live like brothers.

Aman
Jun 14, 2014 03:32am

@Sunil : same pole repel each other....

Shanawar
Jun 14, 2014 04:04am

This is a good beginning. However, until the core issue of Kashmir isn't resolved, lasting peace can not be attained.

Black Sabbath
Jun 14, 2014 06:03am

Nawaz is Pakistan's best hope of dealing with internal terrorism & making peace with India. I hope all Pakistanis support him.

Acer
Jun 14, 2014 06:59am

@Sunil Like poles always repel whereas unlike poles attract.

Rahmat
Jun 14, 2014 08:49am

@usman777 Clearly you have tainted view about Mr. Narendra Modi. All investigations so far have cleared him. He was not personally involved in any deaths or ordering deaths. So please try to be objective and do not let rumours cloud your judgement.

Mustafa
Jun 14, 2014 09:37am

@Jamaal

"Modi is too smart for Nawaz."

Nawaz is no dummy, but he wants to be America's lackey and India is America's senior lackey around here. If you have billions and billions of dollars in American or European banks, you had better be nice to Modi.

Devil
Jun 15, 2014 10:17am

@Sunil

Seems you too hated physics ! Lot more than I did !

Imran
Jun 15, 2014 09:39pm

Pakistani people should support Nawaz and back his efforts to bring peace. He is neither dumb nor weak as some people call him in pakistani media, he is your best hope for peace in Pakistan. People who talk about unnecessary bravado did nothing to solve Pakistans problems, all they did is satisfy peoples false ego.

Mohit
Jun 16, 2014 03:20pm

@Sunil genius bro thanks for new enlightment.