Blooper! Boris Johnson confuses farmers' protest with India-Pakistan tension
London : The UK government is closely monitoring the farmers' protest in the national capital, said a spokesperson as it clarified that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had "clearly misheard" a question in Parliament when he responded with Britain's stance on the India- Pakistan dispute instead.
The goofup was reported during weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons on Wednesday when PM Johnson reiterated that any dispute between India and Pakistan was for the two countries to settle bilaterally in response to a question by Opposition Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi about conveying British Sikh "anxieties" over the ongoing protests against agricultural reforms in India.
A UK government spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister clearly misheard the question in Parliament. The Foreign Office are following the issue of protests in India closely".
Dhesi, who has been very vocal on the protests by farmers against India's agricultural reforms, had raised the issue of the footage of "water cannons, teargas and brute force" being used against the peaceful protesters.
"So, will the Prime Minister (Johnson) convey to the Indian Prime Minister ( Narendra Modi) 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 protest," he had questioned Boris Johnson.