Lucknow,December 26 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a program on Saturday heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his surprise almost last minute visit to Pakistan yesterday calling it a first time thing by any politician in the world. He also further praised the Prime Minister for being harbinger and a messenger of innovative diplomacy. Also Read - 100 Days Or 100 Months: Congress Will Continue To Fight Till Farm Laws Are Rolled Back, Says Priyanka Gandhi

“We were surprised when we heard PM was going to Pakistan. I believe that PM is the harbinger of “Innovative Diplomacy” ANI reported.  Also Read - At Janaushadhi Centres, Women Can Buy Sanitary Pads at Rs 2.5 | All You Need to Know

Addressing a public meeting in Lucknow the Home minister further added that it was mainly due to Modi’s long stretching efforts that the influence and image of the entire country’s image in the world community being so vastly improved and well acclaimed. Singh also mentioned  US President Obama when he had come to India in 2010, claiming that “India is not emerging, but India has emerged”. Continuing in the same vein he also mentioned that in Independent India’s resurgence, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s contribution has also been of prime importance and value.(ALSO READ :LK Advani lauds Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan, says every BJP leader must come forward to strengthen Indo-Pak relations). Also Read - After PM Modi's Brigade Rally, BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait To Speak with Bengal Farmers on March 13

Rajnath Singh’s remarks comes only a day after Prime Minister Modi’s surprise visit to Pakistan at the last minute with what started with a private phone call by the Indian prime minister,Narendra Modto Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan on Friday morning wishing him on his happy birthday. The press in general both across the national and the International media expressed their support towards such a diplomacy.

It was the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian Prime Minister in almost 12 years since former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2004.