Will play role for fostering Pak-UK ties, London mayor assures PM

London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan on maiden tour

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tactfully tackled an awkward situation which arose when a media reporter asked how "coming home" felt like to him as the mayor stepped across the Wagha Border into Pakistan.

Khan, whose parents were born in India and lived in Pakistan before emigrating to the United Kingdom, responded immediately by saying: "Home's south London, mate".

During the trip, he became the first ever London mayor to take a trade mission to both India and Pakistan.

Earlier Sadiq Khan was earlier in India for around three days where he held meetings with government officials, members of the civil society and entertainment industry.

"I see my visit as an exciting opportunity to build on the ties that bind our cities and countries together", Sadiq Khan said while talking to the Chief Minister Punjab.

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

The objective of the Mayor's visit is to forge closer ties with the Pakistani business community and focus on meeting the young, up-and-coming generation who will play a key role in the ongoing development of the country.

"The foreign minister also briefed the mayor about Pakistan's successes in the economic field and the regional situation", a Foreign Office statement said.

Asked in July of this year for an update, Mr Khan said TfL expected "to be able to confirm the plan for London Overground Boxing Day services in September".

The mayor was born and raised in Tooting, South London.

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