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London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan

Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, who would be hosting a dinner in the honour of Sadiq Khan, took to Twitter and welcomed the visiting dignitary.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tactfully tackled an awkward situation which arose when a media reporter asked how "coming home" felt like to him as the mayor stepped across the Wagha Border into Pakistan.

The objective of the Mayor's visit is to forge closer ties with the Pakistani business community and focus on meeting the young, up-and-coming generation who will play a key role in the ongoing development of the country.

Khan visits to India and Pakistan are part of the LondonIsOpen campaign - launched by the mayor- to show that London is united and open for businesses, and to the world, following the European Union referendum.

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Khan is on a six-day mission to strengthen cultural and economic ties with the British capital.

The Mayor was received by Lahore Mayor Colonel (retd) Mubashir and Lahore Commissioner at the border. He had earlier stayed in India for three days where he met politicians and other prominent personalities in Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar. PM Abbasi said that successful efforts to eradicate the menace of terrorism have made Pakistan an opportune destination for United Kingdom businesses.

Mr Khan said that the cities of London and Lahore enjoyed good relations and expressed the desire to enhance cooperation and investment with Lahore in various sectors. Sadiq Khan was born and raised in South London.