Lahore attack: Modi calls Sharif

Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif late on Sunday night to condole the deaths of dozens killed in a bomb blast in Lahore.

“During the conversation, PM Narendra Modi underlined the need for uncompromising efforts to fight against terrorism,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The conversation is also significant as both PM’s are heading for Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit this week. While Mr. Modi will leave for Brussels on Tuesday en route to the US, Mr. Sharif will fly to Washington on Monday evening.

Neither side has confirmed a bilateral meeting between them so far, and officials told The Hindu the PMs did not discuss the possibility of meeting in Washington during their short telephone conversation.

Prime Minister Modi, who has called Mr. Sharif on similar occasions in the past had tweeted on Sunday evening, as the news of the massive explosion came in. “Heard about the blast in Lahore. I strongly condemn it. My condolences to families of the deceased & prayers with the injured,” Mr. Modi said.

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