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 has said that his trip seeks to "strengthen the links that exist between London and these great cities of Pakistan".
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.
Khan is scheduled to travel to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi during his three-day visit to Pakistan.
The mayor, whose family originated in India but moved to Pakistan after partition, described it as an emotional journey, retracing his grandparents' steps.
Earlier, in India, the Mayor met Bollywood bigwigs and addressed a couple of conferences besides visiting heritage sites.
The mayor was received at the Wagah border by Mayor of Lahore retired Col Mubashar Javed and senior officials of the Punjab government.
A large number of Pakistanis were settled in London, playing an important role in enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, he said, adding that promoting cordial relations between the United Kingdom and Punjab was the need of the hour. The chief minister said that the CPEC had opened new avenues of foreign investment in Pakistan and British investors should fully avail the opportunity.
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". He was happy to note that Pakistan and its society were progressing. Sadiq Khan was born and raised in South London.