London Mayor Boris Johnson’s wife has been constantly asking him to make a trip to Pakistan – her ancestral land.
In an interview to a private news channel, Johnson said that he will be visiting Pakistan soon after the elections are over.
“My wife originates from Pakistan, she is a Sikh and her parents were from Sargodha. She has been asking me to visit Pakistan since a long time but unfortunately I was unable to do so but I intend to visit the amazing country soon,” he said.
Johnson added that he is friends with Peter Oborne, who is a cricket writer and analyst, and said that Oborne is upset with him for not visiting the country.
“I have promised him too that the visit will be on my priority list after the elections are over,” he added.
The mayor said that he will be visiting Pakistan to promote trade between the two countries.
“There is a huge potential of trade between Pakistan and London and we need to focus on that and I am quite willing to do everything I can on that front,” he said.
“Pakistan is an amazing country with amazing people,” he added.
Further, Johnson said that British Pakistanis should vote for the Conservative Party in the upcoming elections because they share the same ‘values and principles’ as Pakistanis.
Commenting on the generalisation that all Muslims are ‘extremists,’ he said that this was unacceptable and alternative words need to be found to describe militant groups such as the Islamic State.
The mayor stated that Islamophobia posed a serious problem to multiculturalism in Britain and it is crucial that all parties unite to defeat this menace.