December 13, 2017

Sadiq Khan crosses Wagah Border on foot!

07 December 2017, 09:52 | Joan Schultz

Sadiq Khan visited India and Pakistan Credit Stefan Rousseau PA Wire

Sadiq Khan visited India and Pakistan
Credit Stefan Rousseau  PA Wire

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.

The Pakistani-Britisher entered Punjab's capital Lahore from India via the Wagah Border Crossing and was given a rousing welcome on the Pakistani side of the border by Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar and senior government officials.

Khan, earlier in the day, visited Golden Temple in Punjab.

"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.

Speaking at an event related to his "London is Open" campaign at Al Hamra Arts Council on Wednesday, Khan said he welcomes the people of Pakistan to his city.

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

I fully appreciate the real disappointment that many Indians have felt about the British Government's decision to make it more hard for Indians to gain visas to work and study in the UK.

"After celebrating 70 years of Pakistan this year, I look forward to the next 70 years to celebrate the friendship between London and Pakistan".

The London mayor reaches Lahore through Wahga border along with his 16-member delegation.

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