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Glasgow and Lahore in closer link
Glasgow and Lahore's civic leaders
Glasgow has formally twinned with the Pakistani capital of Lahore
The civic leaders of Glasgow and Lahore in Pakistan have signed a formal twinning agreement to forge closer links between the two cities.

Lord Provost of Glasgow Liz Cameron and the Mayor of Lahore Mian Amer Mahmood met in Glasgow on Thursday.

The signing will formalise more than two years of work between officials in Glasgow and Lahore.

About 30,000 people of Pakistani origin live in Glasgow and have roots in Punjab, the capital of which is Lahore.

The partnership will focus on improving business and trade links.

'Blossoming link'

Glasgow is already twinned with Nuremberg in Germany, Turin in Italy, Havana in Cuba, Rostov-on-Don in Russia and the Chinese city of Dalian.

Mrs Cameron said: "Modern day links between Glasgow and Lahore have been growing since the first wave of immigrants from Pakistan made their way up the Clyde in the 1950s.

"Business relations are already thriving and I am sure that this new relationship can deliver even more new jobs and commercial opportunities."

Mr Mahmood said that through this twinning, his city hoped to learn from the expertise in Glasgow's education system, health and emergency services.

He added: "I'm confident that the strong Pakistani community in Glasgow and the people of our 4000-year-old, historic city of Lahore will provide a firm foundation to further build this blossoming twinning link."

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