London: UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ended up making an embarrassing comment on the farmers’ protest that is going on at Delhi’s border as he called it a matter between “India and Pakistan”. ALSO READ | Those With History Of Allergies Should Not Take Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Cautions After 2 Reported Reactions
The Labour party’s MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi brought up the issue of farmers facing water cannon and tear gas at the beginning of their protests by saying, “Many constituencies, especially those emanating from Punjab and other parts of India and I, were horrified to see footage of water cannon, tear gas and brute force being used against peacefully protesting farmers. However, it was heart-warming to see those farmers feeding those forces who had been ordered to beat or suppress them what indomitable spirit and it takes a special kind of people to do that.”
Raising a question over Britain’s response to the agitation, the MP asked: “So will the Prime Minister convey to the Indian Prime Minister our heartfelt anxieties, our hopes for a speedy resolution to the current deadlock and does he agree that everyone has a fundamental right to peaceful protests?”
However, how the British Prime Minister responded to this concern was something no one could have expected.
In an embarrassing display of ignorance, Boris Johnson called it an India Pakistan issue. The PM said, “Our view is that honourable gentleman knows well of course that we have serious concerns about what is happening between India and Pakistan but these are pre-eminently matters for those two governments to settle and I know that he appreciates the point”.
The MP was left visibly puzzled by the response and then shared the video of the incident on Twitter by writing “It might help if our PM actually knew what he was talking about!”.
Many were horrified to see water cannon, tear gas and brute force being used against farmers peacefully protesting in India about #FarmersBill2020.
Everyone has the fundamental right to protest peacefully.
But it might help if our PM actually knew what he was talking about! pic.twitter.com/EvqGHMhW0Y
— Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP (@TanDhesi) December 9, 2020
The video has gone viral on the microblogging website as many are baffled by the lack of Johnson’s awareness in the matter and how he attributed it to be an “India – Pakistan” issue.
While reactions come in, it will be interesting to see if and how the British Prime Minister clarifies this gaffe.