London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a goodwill visit to promote his ‘London is Open’ campaign. He reached Pakistan from India via the Wagah Border Crossing. Khan was received on the Pakistani side of the border by Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar and senior government officials. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif tweeted out a welcome to the mayor as well.
“We welcome Mayor @SadiqKhan from the historic city of London to the historic city of Lahore ..,” the chief minister posted. Sadiq Khan was earlier in India for around three days where he held meetings with government officials, members of the civil society and entertainment industry.
According to media reports, the London mayor would meet senior politicians as well key figures from the Pakistani cultural and financial sectors. Bilateral trade between the UK and Pakistan is valued at £2.5bn and only two cities in the world provide more investment in Pakistan than London.
The mayor was expected to be accompanied to Pakistan by senior business executives from London who are looking for trade deals or investment opportunities.
In May last year, Khan defied all odds and won 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 in the first preference votes and easily managed to win in the second preference.