Stating that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee ‘is very popular’ there, Pakistan high commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, on Wednesday invited her to visit the neighbouring country and start a student exchange programme.
“Mamata ‘didi’ is very popular and a household name in Pakistan and is respected as she is very down to earth and simple,” Basit said.
He said that he had a very good meeting with the CM, where they also discussed the possibility of making Kolkata a twin city with one of the cities in Pakistan.
Basit said that they need to focus on youth and should try to have as many student exchanges as possible.
“She readily agreed to the idea. Now we will try to send students,” the envoy said, adding, “This is one way of overcoming stereotypes and we need to focus on our young people.”