LAHORE - PTI Chairman Imran Khan yesterday claimed Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi lack leadership qualities as genuine leaders don’t need to hold secret meetings.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are cowards as real leaders don’t need to hold secret meetings,” said Khan, while addressing a conference titled ‘leadership qualities’.

According to media reports, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart held a secret meeting in Kathmandu last year. Both the Pakistan and Indian governments termed such news reports baseless.

The unconfirmed revelation in fact surfaced in the book of Indian journalist Barkha Dutt. She claimed in his book Nawaz and Modi vanished for an hour to hold a quiet meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit hosted by Nepal last year.

“Genuine leaders do not need to lie to their people. The elected leaderships must take into confidence their electorate before taking any step whether it is difficult or not,” said the PTI chairman.

He said India and Pakistan have enormous potential to benefit from bilateral trade. The borders among the European Union countries are non-existent to benefit from each other’s potential for trade.

“The subcontinent is one of the poorest regions in the world; our leaders need to revisit their policies and broaden their vision for the progress of the region. Ending poverty in the region should be the top priority of its leaders,” Khan added.

When asked who his leader was Khan said, “Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is my leader and I try to follow his path.”

“I always learn from my mistakes in cricket and do the same while practicing politics,” he claimed, replying to another query.