The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia, which resulted in an agreement on five steps to take forward stalled bilateral relations, was on Saturday welcomed by the Pakistani media as a step towards breaking the logjam in ties. Despite the positive developments that emerged from the meeting between the two Prime Ministers, the Pakistani media cautioned that more would have to be done to put bilateral ties on an even keel.

Modi-Sharif Talks

Reports of the Modi-Sharif meeting made the front pages of all dailies, and the headline in the influential Dawn newspaper read, “Sharif, Modi agree to hold talks on all issues.” The Nation headlined its report: “Nawaz, Modi recognise responsibility to peace.” The ruling party said Modi’s decision to accept Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan for the SAARC summit in 2016 was a high point of the talks and the coming year had the potential of being a “historic year” in relations between the two neighbouring countries.

During their meeting on Friday, the two Prime Ministers agreed that their National Security Advisors will meet to discuss all issues related to terrorism while top border security and military officials will also hold early meetings. The BJP claimed major breakthrough in India-Pakistan ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, even as Congress slammed the hour-long meeting between the two leaders held on the sidelines of SCO summit in Ufa, Russia.

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