Sharif is accompanied by wife Kulsoom Nawaz and son Hussain Nawaz.

Senior officials of the Pakistan High Commission and Ministry of External Affairs received Sharif, who is accompanied by a small delegation.

Sharif left for India earlier in the day with a ‘message of peace’. “Pakistan wants good relations with India and I am going to New Delhi with a ‘message of peace’,” Sharif said in his informal talks to mediapersons just before the departure from Lahore Airport.

63-year-old Modi, who led the BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, last week extended invitation to SAARC leaders including Sharif.

Sources said it is expected that the Pakistan leader will also give formal invitation to his counterpart for a visit.     A news channel on Sunday night reported that Sharif met his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif along with others in Lahore and discussed the visit.
"The Premier said Pakistan wanted the resolution of all issues with India, including Kashmir, Sir Creek, water and trade, and it wanted to establish a relationship on the basis of equality for peace in the region," the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
In the meeting, Sharif said the government's decision to release arrested Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture and giving back the confiscated fishing boats for the first time in the history of the two sides was aimed at improving the ties.

No breakthrough is expected during the visit but it will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations.

Pakistan has avoided repeated reference to Kashmir before the visit which was in contrast to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's Agra trip of 2001 when he announced that the disputed region will be the central focus of the summit.

In another major development, Pakistan has so far not dropped any hint that Sharif will meet the Kashmiri leaders which is also a departure from the established tradition.



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