KARACHI: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first ever Pakistani-origin British citizen to visit India and Pakistan, arrived in Karachi on a one-day visit.
Accompanied with several government officials and staffers of British Council, Sadiq Khan visited Mazar-e-Quaid, laid floral wreath, offered Fateha Khawani and later wrote his remarks in the guest book.
Thank you for a warm welcome Islamabad. From business leaders to government ministers I’ve been promoting London and Pakistan’s links in trade, investment, education, tourism and culture. Next stop: Karachi! 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/zV9KUxZhz6
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) December 8, 2017
According to details, Sadiq Khan arrived in Karachi late last night after his visit to Lahore in the wake of tour of different cities in India.
Several high officials including Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, Sindh Education Minster Jam Mehtab Dahar received the honorable guest at Karachi airport. From airport, he left for British Consulate.
Later, Sadiq Khan will call on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and later, he will attend a luncheon to be hosted in his honor at Governor House.
He will leave for Britain this evening.
Having visited India earlier, Sadiq Khan is currently in Pakistan on a goodwill visit to promote his ‘London is Open’ campaign.
An exhibition cricket match will also be played at British Consulate in his honour. Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed will also play in the exhibition match.
Sadiq Khan yesterday entered Lahore from India via the Wagah Border Crossing where Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar and senior government officials welcomed him into the country.
London Mayor who is active Twitter user shared the post, “He is the first British politician to make the journey from India to Pakistan via Wagah Border.”
Thus, Sadiq Khan became the first London Mayor to visit Pakistan in over 70 years.
He wrote: “From the beauty of India to the vibrancy of Pakistan – today I crossed the border on foot – becoming the first British politician to make this journey in recent history.” –Samaa
Story first published: 8th December 2017