LAHORE – When Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Islamabad after attending Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, he carried with him a gift from the new Indian prime minister for his mother.
The gift had Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz gushing in admiration. “Thank you very much Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the beautiful shawl for my grandmother. My father personally delivered it to her,” she wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
She attached a photograph of the shawl along with her comment. Prime Minister Nawaz flew back home after a two-day stay in India. During this period, he held a meeting with his Indian counterpart in the capital's Hyderabad House besides attending his grand swearing-in ceremony, along with other South Asian leaders.
The two leaders talked about their mothers when they met briefly after Modi was sworn in as India's new prime minister at an impressive function held in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday evening. The topic of their discussion formed the basis of Modi's tweets later that night.
“Earlier in the evening in my conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif he shared some very emotional things... Nawaz Sharifji told me that he stays in Islamabad but goes to meet his Mother once in a week,” Modi said.
“This time when he was eating with his mother he saw visuals on TV of my mother offering me sweets... The visuals touched both Nawaz Sharifji & his mother. He told me that after seeing the visuals his mother got very emotional,” Modi tweeted.