Mayor London Sadiq Khan visits Karachi

Karachi (Monitoring Desk): London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is currently on a goodwill visit to Pakistan to promote his ‘London is Open’ campaign, visited Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum Friday morning after arriving in Karachi last night.

Speaking to the media, the mayor said he is proud to be visiting Karachi and that he has brought a message from London for everyone.

“London welcomes you all, for education, business, tourism. London is open,” said Khan, adding that London is home to Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and people of all colours and races.

An exhibition cricket match is set to be played at British Consulate in honour of the mayor’s visit, which will also be attended by Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Khan entered Pakistan from India via the Wagah Border Crossing on Wednesday and was received on the Pakistani side of the border by Mayor Lahore Col (retd) Mubashar Javed and senior government officials.

After entering Pakistan, the London mayor shared on social media that he is the first British politician to make the journey from India to Pakistan via Wagah Border. He is also the first London Mayor to visit Pakistan in over 70 years.

“Earlier today I crossed the border from India into Pakistan on foot – becoming the first British politician to make this journey in recent history.

As I visit the vibrant cities of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad this week, I’m looking forward to deepening the bonds between London and Pakistan…..” he posted on Instagram.