Shahbaz Sharif lands in India, promptly rides Delhi metro

Published: December 12, 2013
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CM tells Manmoh­an Singh that India and Pakist­an can combat povert­y if both sides resolv­e their differ­ences. PHOTO: PAKISTAN HIGH COMMISSION, NEW DELHI

CM tells Manmoh­an Singh that India and Pakist­an can combat povert­y if both sides resolv­e their differ­ences. PHOTO: PAKISTAN HIGH COMMISSION, NEW DELHI

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visited Delhi Metro’s busiest Rajiv Chowk station on Thursday, Zee News reported. 

Shahbaz arrived in Delhi today on the invitation of his Punjab counterpart in India, Parkash Singh Badal.

The Punjab CM, who launched the much lauded and somewhat controversial Metro Bus Service in Lahore made it a point to visit the Patel Chowk Metro station. After riding the metro, Shahbaz said he had a great time and said the service was of great benefit to travelers.

In his meeting with Manmohan Singh, the CM said India and Pakistan could combat poverty if both sides resolved their differences.

He extended an invitation to Singh from Nawaz Sharif to visit Pakistan and his village, a source said.

Shahbaz Sharif “delivered a message of goodwill from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while emphasising Pakistan’s desire to forge friendly and cooperative relations with India, in the interest of peace and prosperity of the people of the two countries and of the region”, said a Pakistan High Commission statement.

The Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister also underscored the importance of resumption of dialogue and peaceful resolution of all issues.

Keen to ease the power situation in his state, Shahbaz would be visiting the Timarpur-Okhla Solid Waste Management Project in Jasola and the New Delhi Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Plant, Jhajjar, village Khanpur Kalan, according to the Pakistan High Commission.

He is slated to be the chief guest at the World Kabaddi Championship final in Ludhiana on Saturday.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Seems like in Pakistan no one is the prime minister and everyone is the prime minister. Same goes for all other key positions.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Both brothers seem to be more interested in India

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  • Pakistani1
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:36PM

    How many times will you go to India using our money?? We have way more important issues than India

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  • polpot
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Hasnt the Punjab Govt contributed Millions in the coffers of JUD/LeT?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And isnt Shahbaz Sharif the CM of that Govt? Need I say more?

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  • Khan
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:42PM

    What a great PM !!! Meanwhile we are suffering major issues they are more interested in wasting our money on meaning less trips to india !! This man is not suitable for PM position

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  • Dec 12, 2013 - 6:44PM

    There are many lessons to be learnt from India. How a democratic country with different religions and different languages and with a population of 1.3 billion is moving forward competing with so called super powers. India’s Forex reserves are $291 billion as of now.

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  • Devil
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:48PM

    All this Punjabi “pappi jhappi” is not going work!!!!

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  • Vikas
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Hope he was surprised to see, how India developed as one of the leading economic power house and how pakistan lagging !

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  • polpot
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @Jibran: “Seems like in Pakistan no one is the prime minister and everyone is the prime minister. ”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The real PM sits in Rawalpindi and lets the children play.

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  • Shareef
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:05PM

    Dear NS,
    How much of our money is to be wasted on unnecessary trips by your family to india???

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  • Zara
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:18PM

    Uff our metro minister didn’t have something better to do?

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  • Ram Ram
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:24PM

    Did Shahbaz Sharif get polio vaccine before visiting India ? :-o

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  • fawad
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Shahbaz sharif is the brother of nawaz sharif.

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  • its ok
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:37PM

    he might have brought the polio drop certificate.

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:45PM

    @Moulali….can you please also let the people know how much is debt on India….

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  • Vikas
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Was he invited? Why do people gatecrash?

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  • Netizen
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Relations between Indian Punjab and Pakistan’s Punjab is different and are cordial, Can’t it be same for whole nation of Pakistan and India.
    Sindh chief minister should also take some cue from it and visit the Indian Gujarat and also meet the PM. Chances are relations(trade and political) between provinces and between states can matter more in near future and will pave the way for CBM’s and further improvement in relations…this time between India and Pakistan.

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  • ashish
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:03PM

    he should be screened for polio. if not qualified should be sent back.

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  • alladitta
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:07PM

    not welcome

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  • rizwan
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:20PM

    he is pride of Pakistan and is acknowledged in India as well.

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  • Anjaan
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:24PM

    It would be a serious miscalculation on part of the Pakistani leadership to assume that India’s economic progress is at the mercy of Pakistan’s policies towards India. It would be a mistake to assume that Pakistan can dictate India’s economic progress.

    Pakistani leadership must recognize that India has been able to move on regardless of Pakistani policies in the past decades … and India will move on … peace or no peace … it is for Pakistan to make the choice …Recommend

  • Peace
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Again haters are going to hate this, but this visit will definitely bring positive messages across the border. Although I am not a big fan of PMLN, but strongly believe that if any party can contribute to the normalization of Pak-India relations, it’s only PMLN.

    You will see great indo-Pak relations in coming years with more trade, visits, cricket matches and diplomacy.

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  • Dec 12, 2013 - 8:35PM

    So the news was to glorify Delhi metro or the Sharif’s visit.

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  • GrimmJow
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:36PM

    @Pakistani – I simply google’d about world debt by countries, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofcountriesbyexternal_debt

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  • adeel
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:46PM

    @Ram Ram:
    Its to be applied after 30th Jan 2014, if i am not wrong

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  • ahsan shah
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:48PM

    @fawad you dont say!!!

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  • Ishrat salim
    Dec 12, 2013 - 9:14PM

    It is all in the family…..this is not the first time NS is running the country as is his own kingdom….

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  • Dhaka
    Dec 12, 2013 - 9:38PM

    A day will come for shabaz that they will wonder seeing our metro once realised.

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  • Vakil
    Dec 12, 2013 - 9:44PM

    The likes of the DPC especially should learn a thing or two from the articulate and pragmatic Sharif brothers… especially this man Shahbaz. Sure India and Pakistan have differences and always will, but surely where we can cooperate we should and even if we cannot be “friends” at the very least we can try and be cooperative neighbours. What is wrong with that?

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  • Vakil
    Dec 12, 2013 - 9:51PM

    And yes, I DO fully support the notion that Dr. Man Mohan Singh SHOULD visit Pakistan, at least in a private capacity to his native village of Gah, Chakwal. Surely if Mr. Zardari could visit Ajmer Sharif in the same vein, why not the Indian PM ?? Surely he has nothing to lose by doing that … if anything, it may even give his party a few more votes i.e. Muslim votes in the crucial states of UP and Bihar. No I am not suggesting any ulterior motive here although alluding to electoral politics…. but my point is that at least if the Indian PM does visit at least in a private capacity (i.e. not in the “role” of the Prime Minister of India), he will surely “break the mould” that has unfortunately been built up between the two countries….

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  • Aalia
    Dec 12, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Better to have meeting with some federal indian secretary instead of singh, at least he has some bright future! What has poor singh got? Congress gone and so is manmohan….

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  • manjit Singh
    Dec 12, 2013 - 10:57PM

    welcome cm to Ludhiana and your village jati umraRecommend

  • rkfrom ny
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:07PM

    …how sweet of him to worry about solving poverty in india….which has one of the greatest GDP rates of growth..!! hahah

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  • B
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:25PM

    @GrimmJow:
    @Pakistani:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_reserve

    The above link will tell you how much GOLD reserves India has (more than enough).

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  • Sparta
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:46PM

    @manjit Singh:
    the sharifs are from kashmir…

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  • Usman from Canada
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:49PM

    Is that all these Sharif brothers know about?? Roads and Metro? We need to overhaul our education system, cut our bureacracy, we need to simplify our laws, overhaul police, streamline the judiciary, improve government transparenc, fix these things…

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  • np
    Dec 13, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Vakil: “my point is that at least if the Indian PM does visit at least in a private capacity (i.e. not in the “role” of the Prime Minister of India),”

    By all means he can visit wherever he wants in his private capacity. He just needs to wait 6 months when he will no longer be the PM of India. Since you are not suggesting a visit in his role as PM of India, this should be fine. Such a visit would not bother anyone for who can grudge a visit to his birthplace to the retired man as long as it is he who pays for it and not the tax payers?Recommend

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 13, 2013 - 12:50AM

    @ Usman from Canada
    Probably you can’t realize the agony that Pakistani workers & students have to face while plying on public transport in Pakistan!
    Wastage of time,resources and polluting the environment. Transport economy has a multiplier effect of Marginal Productivity!

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  • CHINA
    Dec 13, 2013 - 12:55AM

    @ Moulali Sk
    Chinas are 3.3 Trillion USD..

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  • ISROFan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 1:30AM

    @Pakistani:
    You just displayed your ignorance of macro economics. Debt is not necessarily a bad thing when a country is registering high growth rate. In fact any sharp businessman would consider a loan before using their own resources.

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  • Kashif
    Dec 13, 2013 - 2:54AM

    In what capacity did he visit India? He is not the head of the state. I have not heard of foreign CM visiting neighboring countries. This is complete waste of tax payers money and these people should be help accountable.

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  • Vikram
    Dec 13, 2013 - 3:08AM

    @Khan: May be he wants to have a metro in Pakistan?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxOx7J5YmOE

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  • polpot
    Dec 13, 2013 - 3:51AM

    IKs suggestion to build nuclear power plant at the LOC
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Shahbaz Sharif is going to finalise the deal in Delhi.

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  • polpot
    Dec 13, 2013 - 4:14AM

    Shabaz Sharif should also ride on Indian Railways
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistan needs a functioning Raiway for the development of the economy.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Dec 13, 2013 - 6:34AM

    Picture is worth thousand words. Compare the gold plated furniture at the PM of Pakistan (For Ex $2.6 Billion) house and that of PM of India (For ex $291 Billion).

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  • Sum Ting Wong
    Dec 13, 2013 - 6:37AM

    @CHINA
    6 hours ago
    Reply
    @ Moulali Sk
    Chinas are 3.3 Trillion USD..

    ..i chinese say we like pakistani CHINAmans like you. my lot of countly man live in pakistan like you.

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  • Happy Holidays to All
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:29AM

    @CHINA:

    “Chinas are 3.3 Trillion USD.” all of it earned honestly by selling cheap shoes and poison-laden baby food, manufactured by slave labor.

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  • Ali
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:36AM

    So finally, India allowed Shahbaz Sharif without Polio certificate :-O

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:41AM

    @ Kashif
    This is because you don’t follow the news regularly. Various CMs from India have visited Pakistan. For example, Nitish Kumar-CM Bihar visited Pakistan http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nitish-wins-hearts-in-pakistan-narrates-bihar-growth-story/article4085089.ece and http://www.rediff.com/news/report/i-feel-happy-to-be-in-pakistan-says-nitish-kumar/20121110.htm
    Similarly, Indian Punjab’s Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal was accorded a warm welcome in Pakistan http://www.yespunjab.com/punjab/item/10868-sukhbir-singh-badal-accorded-warm-welcome-in-pakistan
    Reading the above links will definitely help you in understanding the “capacity”.

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  • Yo yo Hani
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:44AM

    Did he take polio drops?

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  • Irfan Anwar
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:52AM

    It’s enough better for us.. @Zara:

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  • Manish
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:17PM

    @Pakistani: The external debt on India is USD 376,000,000,000 which is $240 per capita. It is 20 % of India’s GDP. Pakistan’s debt is USD 67,000,000,000 which amounts $ 366 per capita and constitutes 30% of GDP. Indian govt also has 11th largest gold reserve to secure against its debt in times of crisis ten times the gold reserve of pakistan. India’s forex is not 291 billion dollars as mentioned earlier to you, it is 295 billion dollars. The reserve increased by 4 billion dollars in the first week of december. Weekly rise of 4 billion dollars is greater that pakistan’s balance reserve of 3 billion dollars. Besides our foundation is trade is money and not aid money. Kindly publish. Thank you :)

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  • Farhan
    Dec 16, 2013 - 4:06PM

    I have reservations with many PML(N) policies, but when i see PTI trolls trying to criticise Sharif brothers just for the sake of criticism, i feel sad. Please PTI workers, do some constructive work, Please!Recommend

  • observer
    Dec 17, 2013 - 11:48AM

    @Usman.
    Is your full name Arif Usman? Are you a Chartered Accountant? Is your wife an architect? Are you both qualified from Mcgill. Montreal?. Is your wife’s initials N.N.?.

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