London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan on maiden tour

Sadiq Khan is accompanied by his 16-member delegation

Sadiq Khan is accompanied by his 16-member delegation

A reporter was caught on camera today asking London Mayor Sadiq Khan "what does it feel like coming home?" as he spoke to media in Pakistan.

He visited Pakistan after completing his trip to India.

The BBC said that many had referred to it as a "homecoming" including Punjab's chief minister Shehbaz Sharif.

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. He had earlier stayed in India for three days where he met politicians and other prominent personalities in Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar.

The chief minister was quoted as saying that Pakistan had achieved great success in its war on terrorism, and would win it by introducing various socio-economic reforms.

Khan was elected the first Muslim Mayor of London and was born in Tooting, south-west London.

He briefed the Mayor on the excellent opportunities for trade and investment in Pakistan. "We appreciate the cooperation of British people", he said. "But it's good to be in Pakistan", he continued with a smile. "I found Lahore as I had heard of it". On this occasion, Zafar equated London with Lahore vis-à-vis socio-cultural openness.

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