Prime Minister Narendra Modi sprang a surprise on Friday as he announced that he would meet his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, in Lahore on his way back from a brief visit to Afghanistan. This will be the third meeting between the PMs since their talks on the margins of the SCO Summit in the Russian city of Ufa in July, marking an uptick in high-level bilateral contacts following a prolonged freeze in ties.
With more than 60 years of independence, Indo-Pak ties have witnessed its share of ups and downs. Here's a look at three former prime ministers who visited Pakistan to boost bilateral relations.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and actor Dev Anand. Vajpayee was visiting Pakistan for the Lahore Treaty, signed in February 1999. (File Photo)
Indian foreign secretary KPS Menon and his Pakistani counterpart Dr Humayun Khan signing an agreement in the presence of the then prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto, in December 1988. (HT File Photo)
Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi with Pakistani president Gulam Ishaq Khan and Benazir Bhutto, the then prime minister of Pakistan, on his arrival at the Islamabad Airport on January 04, 1988. (File Photo)
Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Ayub Khan in Karachi, 1960. Nehru was visiting Pakistan to sign the Indus Waters Treaty. (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Pakistan's premier Muhammed Ali (on the left) shaking hands with Jawaharlal Nehru during his visit in 1953. It was yet another attempt to improve relations between the two countries. (Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
This story was updated on December 25, 2015, in view of Modi’s surprise decision to visit Lahore.