In a move that proves that both of them are cowards, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lowered mutual tensions with a meeting at the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in the Russian city of Ufa. Here’s what the people of India and Pakistan think about it.

- “The first and the foremost thing that needs to be established is that Narendra Modi and his administration have no right to threaten Pakistan. There are proper diplomatic procedures for everything. If India thinks that Pakistan is violating international conventions or if New Delhi has political concerns about the future of the region, then instead of threatening us, it should follow the proper procedure and talk to the US about its concerns. The US should then threaten us. Diplomatic conventions are there for a reason and must be followed at all times.” – Bahadur Badshah (Peshawar, Pakistan)

- “India and Pakistan have legitimate concerns about each other’s role in regional politics, and they have a mutual stake in the economic development of the region. They have accused each other of promoting terror, and have a mutual responsibility to assure each other that they will not send people to each other’s territories to terrorize their population. Therefore, New Delhi should ask Islamabad to apologize for Atif Aslam.” –Abhijeet Abhihaar (Mumbai, India)

- “I don’t know too much about politics, but judging from the amount of criticism that Nawaz Sharif has been facing because of the meeting and the statement that followed, I have a feeling that he must have done something right.” – Professor Peeno (Lahore, Pakistan)

- “If Pakistan’s purpose behind the meeting was to threaten India that there will be no war between the two countries, then they should know that this will not scare us and we will not relent. I absolutely agree that no matter how much India and Pakistan fight, in the end they will have to come back to the negotiation table and talk to each other. Therefore, I believe there must be another war before another round of negotiations. It will help us decide who is in a position to get their terms dictated. That must be established before a dialogue begins.” – Billu Bulldozer (New Delhi, India)

- “I don’t understand this. What’s the big deal if Narendra Modi met Nawaz Sharif? I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet or anything, but I have also met Nawaz Sharif. Does that make me a peace lover too? In fact, unlike the Indian prime minister, I did not have to make any threatening statements to be able to secure a meeting with Mr Sharif. I want to use this opportunity to warn Modi that nothing came out of that meeting, except a photograph that brings back old memories, both good and bad.” – Kashif Kainchi (Gujranwala, Pakistan)

- “I’m very glad this meeting took place. It was obvious from his recent statements that all it needed for Narendra Modi to calm down was a meeting with Nawaz Sharif. And I gather from the recent reports from Pakistan that Islamabad was only waiting for Modi to ask politely before they would speed up the trial of the suspects of the Mumbai attacks. Now that both the parties have got what they wanted, things should be on the right track very soon.” – Chatty Chatterjee (Calcutta, India)

- “Like it or not, that is a risk that comes with being a Pakistani prime minister these days. Sooner or later, he had to meet Narendra Modi. My heartfelt condolences for Nawaz Sharif. May he have the strength and patience to recover from the tragedy.” – Teetoo Tamatar (Karachi, Pakistan)

- “If the goal of this meeting was to develop a goodwill between the leaders where they could build a rapport in a cordial atmosphere that would allow them to trust each other and seek common grounds, then I believe that instead of discussing thorny mutual issues, they should have had a light conversation making fun of the people of their respective countries who elected them.” – Tidda Tandoori (Chandigarh, India)