No sooner did the Indian PM Narendra Modi break the news about his short visit to Lahore to meet PM Nawaz Sharif through a twitter message last week than Pakistan’s keen-eyed electronic media started viewing the instant melting of ice vis-à-vis the ‘deep-frozen’ Pak-India relations. An army of political analysts, commentators and TV anchors instantly landed on various TV channel to extensively discuss and analyze this ‘historic’ event. Equating it with so-called ‘cricket diplomacy’, a new diplomatic strategy, the ‘birthday diplomacy’, was introduced. The body language of both world leaders during the meeting was also tried to be read. At the same time, the nitty-gritty of the reception menu was another favourite topic for the media discussion.

Among other things, both the nomenclature and nature of Modi’s Lahore visit were also exhaustively discussed and debated. This visit was described as ‘short visit’, ‘surprise visit’, ‘drop by’, ‘goodwill visit’, ‘courtesy visit’ etc., by various individuals. There was also a confusion about the nature of this visit, in the sense, whether it was a formal official visit of PM Modi or mere his informal private trip. In fact, the Indian side has been trying to portray it as an informal personal visit of PM Modi to Pakistan. On the other hand, the government of Pakistan tried to give it a touch of full–fledged official state visit. However, not knowing the exact nature of this visit let us discuss the both possibilities.

If we consider it an official visit then there certainly arise many questions. Firstly, is there really anything as surprise visit by a head of state or government to another sovereign state in the international relations? A receiving or host country definitely requires a reasonable time to make extensive security and other necessary arrangements for a high profile state visit. Do two head of governments personally decide to meet each other bypassing their respective foreign offices, and disclose this fact through social media later? Has the EU-like visa free regime also been introduced in the South Asia that Pakistan didn’t bother at all about the valid visas and other international travel documents of PM Modi’s 120-member delegation before inviting them in the country? Why did PM Nawaz Sharif choose to take PM Modi right to his personal residence in Lahore instead of proceeding to the Governor House or State Guest House in the city?

In fact, the primary engagements of PM Modi in Lahore were necessarily of private nature; participation in the birthday party of PM Nawaz Sharif and the wedding ceremony of his grand-daughter. Again, the question is whether a democratic head of government is justified in spending the tax-payers’ money on such chit-chats and personal get-togethers? Why have the people at the helm in a democratic country like Pakistan become quite habitual of running the affairs of state in a monarchical fashion? Why were a large number of passengers made to suffer by not allowing domestic and international flights to land at or take off from Lahore international airport during PM Modi’s stay in the city? What personal relations do subsist between the PM’s of two countries? Can two prime ministers really promote mutual personal relations while both countries are at logger heads with each and consider each other their arch foe?

Some years ago, the former Indian PM Manmohan Singh has spoken of his dream of having breakfast in India, lunch in Pakistan and dinner in Afghanistan. Now, however in reverse order, PM Modi has somehow made his predecessor’s dream come true by staying at Lahore while traveling from Kabul to New Delhi. Ironically, PM Modi has perhaps succeeded in pleasing his predecessor through Lahore visit but now it is being speculated that PM Nawaz Sharif has gotten nothing out of this meeting except the displeasure of so-called establishment in the country. Can Prime Minister of Pakistan also manage such visa-free surprise visit to India along with a delegation? There was also a fundamental discrepancy between the statements made by Pakistan foreign secretary Aizaz Chauhdry and Indian foreign office spokesperson Vikas Swarup about the agenda and minutes of Nawaz-Modi meeting in Lahore.

Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan significantly eclipsed another important event of the day in the region- the inauguration of newly-built Afghan parliament building by the Indian PM Narendra Modi in Kabul. This is an impressive grand building in the heart of Kabul constructed by India with an estimated cost of 90 million US dollars. This building is somehow an iconic symbol of recently-conceived and rapidly-grown Afghanistan-India ties in the region. So eventually India has reached an important milestone in this regard. Primarily to marginalise Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan, India has heavily invested in Afghanistan in terms of construction of infrastructure, and training of the personnel of Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security (NDS). Ironically, India has never been so generous towards its other less-developed immediate neighbouring countries. Many anti-Pakistan echoes were heard during the inaugural session of the so-called Afghan parliament in Kabul last week.

Earlier in this month, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Pakistan observably overshadowed the Heart of Asia conference held in Pakistan to seek diplomatic and peaceful solution of current Afghan problems. During her stay in Pakistan, both countries formally agreed to resume the suspended Pak-India dialogue process. In fact, India has been proactively determining the time, manner and agenda of the talks between the two countries. It has unilaterally suspended these talks many times without assigning any plausible reason. It generally chooses to resume these talks at whatever time best suits it. On the other hand, always waiting for India to make a move, Pakistan’s diplomacy towards India has been quite passive and reactive. Last year’s Indian decision to suspend scheduled foreign secretary level talks, the Ufa Declaration, this month’s decision to resume bilateral dialogue, PM Modi’s recent Lahore visit are the most recent instances of this very fact.

Some months ago, Indian PM Naredra Modi’s photo started appearing in Google images search results for ‘Top 10 criminals’. The internet giant then voluntarily remove his photo from the list apologising over this confusion. Now once again, Google has listed PM Modi as one of most stupid prime ministers in the world. However, I absolutely disagree with the Google so far as this single issue is concerned.

Undoubtedly, one must be a genius and a highly articulate person to manage to receive a red-carpet reception in a country within hours of delivering a fierce speech against the same country just in its neighbourhood. On the other hand, India has constantly been fooling Pakistan in the name of dialogue for the last four decades. Therefore, now it is only our good luck that Google has yet not thought of displaying a list of ‘world’s most stupid nations’. Thank God! And thanks to Google indeed!