Mayor of London Sadiq Khan arrived in Lahore

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has assured Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that he would work towards fostering closer ties between London and Pakistan.

BBC has defended their reporter's bold question by pointing out that it originated from the fact that many, including Punjab's chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, had called the mayor's trip "homecoming".

The visit of Khan is a part of his "London is Open" campaign, media reports said.

Mr Khan's Muslim parents were both born in India and then lived in Pakistan before emigrating to Britain in 1968.

Earlier, in India, the Mayor met Bollywood bigwigs and addressed a couple of conferences besides visiting heritage sites.


He arrived in Lahore after a three-day visit to India.

A large number of Pakistanis were settled in London, playing an important role in enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, he said, adding that promoting cordial relations between the United Kingdom and Punjab was the need of the hour.

Sadiq Khan said that he was impressed by the remarkable progress achieved by the government in different areas particularly in infrastructure, technology and energy. He said that successful counter-terrorism efforts have made Pakistan an opportune destination for British businesses.

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.

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