London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan

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Commenting on the Mayor's response, Ms Pidgeon said: "Sadiq Khan likes to boast about the start of the London Overground night service but he can not hide away from the fact Londoners have always been promised a Boxing Day service on the London Overground".

The mayor was received by officials from the Punjab government upon his arrival and is now holding a meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Model Town.

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Last June, in answer to a question from Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, Mayor Khan said that while the contract with Overground operator Arriva Rail London contains provision for the service, its introduction would be "subject to staff consultation" and that "the earliest possible date" it could launch would be Boxing Day 2017.

Calling Lahore a thriving business centre, he said the provincial capital has "great potential for London businesses".

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"As someone of Pakistani heritage, I feel a deep affinity with the country and I'm looking forward to going back".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew met the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Wednesday and discussed matters of mutual interest & bilateral relations.

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With more than 35 million pilgrims visiting Amritsar every year to offer obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holy city had emerged as the preferred destination for the Punjabi diaspora and foreign tourists, Punjab lawmakers stated in a memorandum presented on Tuesday to visiting London mayor, Sadiq Khan. He is scheduled to spend three days in Pakistan and will travel to Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi. "Had a thorough discussion on promoting trade and investment between our two countries".

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