London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan on maiden tour

Richard Deacon

He is scheduled to spend three days in Pakistan and will travel to Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrived in his homeland Pakistan on Wednesday on maiden tour since he assumed the office, last year.

The visit would also seek to boost investment and cultural exchange programmes between London and the sub-continent.

He wrote: "From the beauty of India to the vibrancy of Pakistan - today I crossed the border on foot - becoming the first British politician to make this journey in recent history".

Various issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting, during which Sadiq Khan underscored the close and emotional ties between London and Punjab.

Sadiq Khan is leading a trade mission under the theme "London Is Open" to both India and Pakistan and is flanked by a 16-member delegation.

"Pakistanis are welcome to come to London to study and work".

All this traffic can travel direct with a non-stop British Airways flight between London-Amritsar, according to the memorandum, adding that this would lead to a major increase in business apart from making British Airways more popular among the large Punjabi population settled all over the world. "Better trade terms will be formed in coming years between Pakistan and London".

"As someone of Pakistani heritage, I feel a deep affinity with the country and I'm looking forward to going back". "I love Pakistan and am aware of the challenges faced by the country".

The Mayor was received by Lahore Mayor Colonel (retd) Mubashir and Lahore Commissioner at the border.

He shared: "Like London, culture is the DNA of Lahore - it's the glue that binds the city together".

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