London Mayor Sadiq Khan meets Punjab CM, tours Lahore
LAHORE: London Mayor Sadiq Khan reached Pakistan on Wednesday on a goodwill go to to advertise his ‘London is Open’ marketing campaign.
He entered Pakistan from India by way of the Wagah Border Crossing.
Khan was obtained on the Pakistani facet of the border by Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar and senior authorities officers.
Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif tweeted out a welcome to the mayor as properly.
“We welcome Mayor @SadiqKhan from the historic metropolis of London to the historic metropolis of Lahore ..,” the chief minister posted.
Later, Khan referred to as on Shehbaz at his Mannequin City workplace. Senior provincial authorities officers, in addition to members of the enterprise group, have been current within the assembly.
British Excessive Commissioner Thomas Drew was additionally current within the assembly.
In accordance with sources, Shehbaz and Sadiq mentioned bilateral ties. Welcoming the London mayor, Shehbaz reportedly mentioned the go to will improve enterprise actions between the 2 international locations.
Later, throughout a tea-break with the chief minister, Khan mentioned in impeccable Urdu that the connection between Londoners and Pakistanis is powerful, including that Pakistanis play an necessary function within the promotion of London’s financial system.
Shehbaz mentioned that is the proper second for the promotion of bilateral ties.
Khan then proceeded to go to the well-known Badshahi Mosque and paid tribute on the tomb of Allama Iqbal within the outdated metropolis. A guard of honour was introduced to the London mayor throughout his go to to Iqbal’s tomb.
Sadiq Khan was earlier in India for round three days the place he held conferences with authorities officers, members of the civil society and leisure trade.
Talking to LBC senior reporter Vincent McAviney earlier than the journey, Khan mentioned, “It’s actually necessary for me because the Mayor of a worldwide metropolis to be going to each international locations. We’ve acquired large hyperlinks with India and Pakistan, commerce hyperlinks, large hyperlinks in relation to tradition, large hyperlinks in schooling however listed below are additionally many Londoner’s whose nation of origin is India, whose nation of origin is Pakistan. They need to see their Mayor making good hyperlinks and contacts with India and Pakistan and hopefully some good enterprise for our metropolis.”
“I do know India and Pakistan pretty properly, for cultural causes – I like Bollywood, sports activities, I’ve acquired household in each international locations as properly,” he added, in accordance with the LBc report.
The mayor visited Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar in India, earlier than heading to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.
The report said additional that in Pakistan, the London mayor would meet senior politicians as properly key figures from the Pakistani cultural and monetary sectors.
Bilateral commerce between the UK and Pakistan is valued at £2.5bn and solely two cities on the earth present extra funding in Pakistan than London.
The mayor was anticipated to be accompanied to Pakistan by senior enterprise executives from London who’re in search of commerce offers or funding alternatives.
In Could final 12 months, Khan defied all odds and received the race for London mayor, beating the government-supported multi-billionaire Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith.
Khan, son of Pakistani bus driver, defeated Goldsmith by 44 to 35 per cent within the first desire votes and simply managed to win within the second desire.