Calls on Punjab CM
LAHORE, Dec 06 (SABAH): London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Wednesday said that he welcomes the people of Pakistan to his city.
“Pakistanis are welcome to come to London to study and work. Many successful Londoners who are scientists, teachers, and business owners are Pakistanis.”
He said that he hopes for good deals, friendships, and partnerships and added that London’s citizens have rejected the process of hatred and divide.
“Better trade terms will be formed in coming years between Pakistan and London.” “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 main reason I am here is to spread the message that London is Open for business, friendship, and trade,” he said while speaking to the media in Lahore. “I love Pakistan and am aware of the challenges faced by the country.”
Discussing Pakistan terms with its neighbour, India, Khan said that many Indians want to be friends with Pakistan and power of the common man can improve terms between the two countries.
Speaking at an event related to his ‘London is Open’ campaign at Al Hamra Arts Council, Khan said Pakistan has a lot of scope to improve its economy. He added that Pakistan has a bright future in the international market.
In response to a question about the best thing that the visitors liked about Pakistan, Khan was quick to say ‘Pakistanis’ in response to applause by the audience.
“The warmth, the hospitality, the friendship, the love [of Pakistanis] is just phenomenal,” he said. “I feel the warmth, affection, and support of some of you that I have never met before.” “Pakistanis are Pakistan’s greatest assets,” Khan said.
Meanwhile London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday as part of his South Asia tour as last leg of his visit.
The visiting mayor arrived in Lahore via Wagah Border crossing between India and Pakistan as he earlier had landed in Mumbai as part of his South Asia tour.
Lahore mayor Col (r) Mubashir Javed welcomed the visiting counterpart following which the delegation called on CM Shahbaz in Model Town.
“It was a pleasure to host Mayor of London @SadiqKhan (who speaks Urdu really well) & his delegation in Lahore. Had a thorough discussion on promoting trade and investment between our two countries. The UK-Pakistan partnership continues to deepen with passage of time,” CM Shehbaz wrote on Twitter.
During the meeting, the chief minister deliberated over expanding bilateral ties between Pakistan and Britain. On the occasion, the visiting dignitary thanked CM Shahbaz for the hospitality and said that he is touring Lahore for the first time.
He further said that there are a lot of Pakistani businessmen, scientists and lecturers working in London. He accredited Pakistani community in London to have contributed to giving the city the status that it enjoys today.
Following the meeting, London mayor toured historic Badshahi Mosque and paid his respects at Iqbal’s Mausoleum.
Khan reached Pakistan on Wednesday on a goodwill visit to promote his ‘London is Open’ campaign. He entered Pakistan from India via the Wagah Border Crossing and was received on the Pakistani side of the border by Mayor Lahore colonel (retd) Mubashar and senior government officials.