London Mayor Sadiq Khan to visit Karachi today


KARACHI: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is currently on a goodwill visit to promote his ‘London is Open’ campaign in the subcontinent, is expected to arrive in Karachi on Thursday evening.

An exhibition match, which will also feature Pakistan Cricket Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, will be played at British Consulate in honour of the mayor’s visit.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, along with other party leaders such as Sherry Rehman and Jameel Soomro, will also meet with the mayor at British Consulate.

Sadiq Khan is also expected to visit Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum.

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

After entering Pakistan, 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.

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.”

Later on, Sadiq met with Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and visited the historical Badshahi Mosque and the tomb of Allama Iqbal where he offered Fatiha.