London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan

07 December, 2017, 07:53 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Sadiq Khan shrugged off the controversial question

With more than 35 million pilgrims visiting Amritsar every year to offer obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holy city had emerged as the preferred destination for the Punjabi diaspora and foreign tourists, Punjab lawmakers stated in a memorandum presented on Tuesday to visiting London mayor, Sadiq Khan.

The mayor, who is on a trade mission, reached Lahore with his 16-member delegation through the Wagah Border, Express News reported.

The mayor was received by officials from the Punjab government upon his arrival and is now holding a meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town.

Sadiq Khan said that Pakistan and London share a long and unique history that has had a profound influence on shaping our respective societies, economies, and cultures.

Sadiq Khan is visiting India and Pakistan
GETTY BORDER Sadiq Khan was at the India Pakistan border when asked the offending question

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

"I see my visit as an exciting opportunity to build on the ties that bind our cities and countries together for the mutual benefit of everyone - Brits and Pakistanis, Londoners and Lahoris, EastEnders and Karachiites alike", Khan wrote in Dawn on Wednesday.

Plans for the service, which would make it easier those living in areas not served by the Tube, which already runs a Boxing Day service, to visit relatives and enjoy the festive sales were first announced previous year.

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

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