London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan

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After concluding his bedazzling three-day tour of India where he met with some of the prominent personalities of the country, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is now finally in his ancestral homeland, Pakistan with a rather Haute entry.

He visited Pakistan after completing his trip to India.

Crossing the border between India and Pakistan at Wagah, Sadiq Khan walked into Pakistani territory with the traditional border guards welcoming him with a salute, and an entourage awaiting him.

Last June, in answer to a question from Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, Mayor Khan said that while the contract with Overground operator Arriva Rail London contains provision for the service, its introduction would be "subject to staff consultation" and that "the earliest possible date" it could launch would be Boxing Day 2017.

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Khan was received on the Pakistani side of the border by Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar and senior government officials, Geo News reported.

His visit is aimed at promoting his "London is Open" campaign to show that the UK was united and open for businesses following Brexit.

The addition of direct Amritsar-London flight will also enable British Airways to earn two fold business, with the flights to European cities and another from Amritsar to North American sector, the memorandum further asserted, pointing out that a large population from Punjab is settled in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco, New York, Detroit, Birmingham, London, Frankfurt, Milan, and other global destinations served by British Airways.

"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.

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