KARACHI: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who’s at present on a goodwill go to to Pakistan to advertise his ‘London is Open’ marketing campaign, visited Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum Friday morning after arriving in Karachi final night time.
Chatting with the media after paying his respects on the Mausoleum, the mayor stated he’s proud to be visiting Karachi and that he has introduced a message from London for everybody.
“London welcomes you all, for schooling, enterprise, tourism. London is open,” stated Khan, including that London is residence to Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and other people of all colors and races.
The London mayor attended an occasion on the metropolis’s Habib College later within the day, the place he interacted with the scholars and answered their questions.
“We should always converse with the general public on all points similar to well being, schooling and different social issues,” he stated, whereas emphasising the necessity for the youth to return ahead and take part in politics.
Responding to a query, Khan acknowledged that there was an increase in acid assaults through the yr and stated that steps are being taken to counter the state of affairs.
An exhibition cricket match is about to be performed at British Consulate in honour of the mayor’s go to, which may even be attended by Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
Khan entered Pakistan from India by way of the Wagah Border Crossing on Wednesday and was acquired on the Pakistani aspect of the border by Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar Javed and senior authorities officers.
After getting into Pakistan, the London mayor shared on social media that he’s the primary British politician to make the journey from India to Pakistan by way of Wagah Border. He’s additionally the primary London Mayor to go to Pakistan in over 70 years.
“Earlier as we speak I crossed the border from India into Pakistan on foot – turning into the primary British politician to make this journey in current historical past.
As I go to the colourful cities of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad this week, I’m wanting ahead to deepening the bonds between London and Pakistan…..” he posted on Instagram.
Khan met with Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and visited the historic Badshahi Mosque.
He additionally met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Talking at an occasion associated to his ‘London is Open’ marketing campaign at Al Hamra Arts Council on Wednesday, Khan stated he welcomes the individuals of Pakistan to his metropolis.
“Pakistanis are welcome to return to London to review and work. Many profitable Londoners who’re scientists, academics, and enterprise house owners are Pakistanis.”
He stated that he hopes for good offers, friendships, and partnerships and added that London’s residents have rejected the method of hatred and divide. “Higher commerce phrases can be shaped in coming years between Pakistan and London.”
“After celebrating 70 years of Pakistan this yr, I sit up for the subsequent 70 years to rejoice the friendship between London and Pakistan.”
“The primary cause I’m right here is to unfold the message that London is Open for enterprise, friendship, and commerce,” he stated whereas chatting with the media in Lahore. “I really like Pakistan and am conscious of the challenges confronted by the nation.”
After the occasion, Sadiq Khan thanked Lahore mayor for internet hosting a cultural occasion on London mayor’s arrival.
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