Lahoris more hospitable than what I had heard: Indian minister

Published: November 9, 2012
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Deputy CM of Indian Punjab was Lahore on a day's visit, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif hosted him. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Deputy CM of Indian Punjab was Lahore on a day's visit, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif hosted him. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Deputy Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, during his one-day visit to Lahore on Friday said that the “people of Lahore are more hospitable than what he had heard about them,” Express News reported.

His host, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif responded saying that the minister has probably not heard of the Punjabi phrase that goes, “Jinnay Lahore nai vaikhya o jamya ee nai” (Somebody who has not been to Lahore, has not lived.)”

Sharif said that bilateral disputes between India and Pakistan should be resolved with the help of purposeful dialogues.

The PML-N chief said this during his meeting with a delegation in Raiwind.

He said that during his government, former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had come to Lahore on the “Friendship Bus”.

The Indian minister and delegation was served Pakistani delicacies including halwa poori, lassi.

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  • I Own Karachi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 1:45PM

    A Karachitte to the fact thatLahoris are indeed very hospitable!

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  • Zeeshan
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:15PM

    what have you heard about Lahore in your Punjab? Lahoris walk with swords?

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  • Nitish
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Then why come back?To have long stay and enjoy the hospitality.

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  • riz
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:50PM

    develoment in lahore city will make it more tourist attractive site

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  • Humble Pie
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Depends on what he had heard before

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  • Zalim singh
    Nov 9, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Pakistani delicacies including halwa poori, lassi

    since when Halwa poori is a Pakistani dish?

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  • Sidewinder
    Nov 9, 2012 - 3:17PM

    @Zeeshan
    i have heard they have a distaste for buses,specially those which carry foreign players….

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  • Pro Truth
    Nov 9, 2012 - 3:21PM

    I am a Punjabi and proud for its welcoming culture, on the same note though I didnt get chance to visit Sindh, or Blochistan yet, but people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at par Punjabis if not more in terms of hospitality. Mr Badal should also visit Peshawar!

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  • Manas
    Nov 9, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Pakistan is changing and pakistani hospitality is famous .alash i have oppurtunity to go Pakistan.Recommend

  • Enlighten Me
    Nov 9, 2012 - 3:53PM

    happy to hear but there is no lazier nation than the lahoris. True story!

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  • Shahrukh kazmi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 4:23PM

    @I own Karachi
    With the population of more than 20 million people and people of every cast and creed living here in Karachi no one owns it but in Punjab or KP or in Kashmir or where ever you go they own there province and there cities, Karachi keeps Pakistan economy alive, life here in is the most difficult and fast from the other cities and every day you have to face deadliest hurdles so people seriously do not have time to be hospitable because the nature of environment over here is seriously tensed.

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 4:51PM

    The credit also goes to hist host PML-N govt in Punjab!

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  • roadkashehzada
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:29PM

    @I Own Karachi:
    bus kar paglay…. rulaaye ga kia :D

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  • jism
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:39PM

    @Zeeshan:
    what have you heard about Lahore in your Punjab? Lahoris walk with swords?

    perhaps he may have heard something from those who cross into India seeking refugee, and even agree to live in slums,but, never want to return back.

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  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:01PM

    I thought his host was CM punjab, since punjab govt is bearing all the expenses,

    nevertheless Indians are always welcomed,

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  • Indian
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:44PM

    camera effect . Everybody says the samething in front of camera . Yes , exceptions are some paki players like afridi and tanvir . But Indian minister knows manner and how to talk in front of media .

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  • Pungi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Lahore Lahore ay!

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  • Pungi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Hospitality of Pakistani’s in General is Matchless…From Gilgit to Gawadar & Kashmir to Karachi you will always feel true love for their guests..!Recommend

  • Asad Tirmizi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:56PM

    Karachi is mini Pakistan man. No one owns Karachi, but Karachi owns Pakistan. @Shahrukh kazmi:

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  • Asad Tirmizi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 6:57PM

    @jism:
    Hehe. Burning. Man you slum dwellers need a life. Untill you come out of your stinky abode your minds cant open up.

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  • Bharat
    Nov 9, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Would be happy to visit Pakistan.

    Will wait till situation stabilises, in these times its easier visiting many African countries
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  • Nov 9, 2012 - 7:46PM

    What u expect from a guest politician except flatter where ever he go? Does It mean that Karachites, Balochis, Phaktuns, Khyberwallahs are not that much hospitable? Has he met Lahori lawyers to get rose petal treatment? These statements should not be taken seriously. Part of political games.

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  • Socko
    Nov 9, 2012 - 11:28PM

    @Bharat Man, Wrong comparison… Africans wont take it lightly, Many Human Societies that are progressive, despite their past being not so good, dont like when ppl compare pakistan. I dont know about ME but mostly others feel offended. You are very rude on the part of Africans. Sorry to say the dislike for Pakistanis around the gone from 30% in 70s to 80% now.. Afghanis, East & North Africans, are far far ahead, even though they were not seen in good light in the last few decades… Even if you end up in African Forest at night, the chances of you getting killed for BLASPHEMY is mostly NIL… In pakistan, if you say you are an Indian, that itself can end up in the Jail, for the accusation that you are an Indian SPY
    Hope ppl in Pakstan find out abt the responsibility they should have when they share this globe with other beings (Including but not limited to Humans).
    God Bless Pakistan and the whole region.

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  • true picture
    Nov 10, 2012 - 12:19AM

    @Socko:
    get over this Pak-phobia my Indian friend, even a 2 year old kid would give a better analogy. lastly, nobody is asking you to come to Pakistan so quit whining about us & look after your countries problem.

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  • casim
    Nov 10, 2012 - 12:24AM

    @Socko:
    such a childish analogy lol nobody is asking you to come visit Pakistan, better look after your countries problems my naive Indian friend & let others enjoy our hospiatlity :)

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  • Ch.subba Rao
    Nov 10, 2012 - 9:05AM

    Lahore is great and ancient city.Everty indian like lahore city and want to enjoy lahore,I do hope one day I will visit this great city

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  • khalid
    Nov 10, 2012 - 5:05PM

    @Asad Tirmizi: a slum dweller in india also has access to internet??? man…we really need imran khan…….hero of our iqbal ka pakistan………..

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  • sudhir
    Nov 11, 2012 - 5:09PM

    @Zalim singh:
    My friend, you also have Halwa Puri and Lassi in Indian Punjab but it doesn’t taste as good as that of Lahore. Lahori Halwa Puri and Lassi is just out of this world. You may like to get a confirmation from Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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