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UK must apologise for Bengal famine, Jallianwala massacre: Pakistan minister

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Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday, April 11, 2019, supported the calls for the British government to tender an apology over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar.

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

On April 13, 1919, British troops had opened fire on thousands of unarmed protesters at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, killing about 400 people according to colonial-era records. Indian figures, however, put the death toll at closer to 1,000.

“Fully endorse the demand that British empire must apologize to the nations of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh on Jallianwala Massacre and Bengal famine,” the minister tweeted.

“We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” May told the British parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings.

“These tragedies are the scar on the face of Britain, also KohENoor must be returned to Lahore museum where it belongs,” he further demanded.

Koh-e-Noor, stolen by the British from the Mughal Empire, is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing 105.6 carats (21.12 g), and now part of the British Crown jewels.

On 10th April, British Prime Minister Theresa May in a statement had expressed regret for the massacre by British troops in India in 1919 but stopped short of a full apology.

Read more: Sadiq Khan demands an apology from British Government for ‘Amritsar Massacre’

“We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused,” May told the British parliament, as India prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings.

 Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Unconditional Apology

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for “a full, clear and unequivocal apology.”

This article was written by Talha ul Huda and edited by Hammad Khan.