By Agence France-Presse
London’s first Asian-origin mayor Sadiq Khan mentioned the British authorities ought to apologise for a colonial-era massacre in India as he visited the positioning on Wednesday.
The 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which British troops opened fireplace on hundreds of unarmed protesters in the town of Amritsar, stays an everlasting scar of British colonial rule over the subcontinent.
The then British prime minister David Cameron described it as deeply shameful when he visited the memorial in the northern state of Punjab throughout a 2013 journey to India, however stopped in need of an apology.
Writing in the guests’ e-book, Khan mentioned it had been “incredibly moving” to see the positioning of the massacre, calling it a tragedy that ought to by no means be forgotten.
“It is time for the British government to finally apologise,” he wrote. “Our thoughts are with all those who died.”
Colonial-era information present about 400 individuals died when troopers opened fireplace on males, ladies and kids in the enclosed space, however Indian figures put the toll at nearer to 1,000.
In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at Jallianwala Bagh throughout a tour of India. But her gaffe-prone husband Prince Philip stole the headlines by reportedly saying that the Indian estimates for the death depend have been “vastly exaggerated”.
Khan, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver in London, additionally laid a wreath at a memorial to the victims.
Earlier in the day he visited the Golden Temple, essentially the most revered place for the Sikh faith, the place he lined his head with a white fabric and sat cross-legged on the ground to eat on the neighborhood kitchen.
Khan, who represents Britain’s opposition Labour celebration, later entered Pakistan through the Wagah border crossing between the 2 international locations. (AFP)