UK says Jallianwala Bagh massacre ‘deeply shameful’ but avoids apology

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UK says Jallianwala Bagh massacre ‘deeply shameful’ but avoids apology

The UK says the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was deeply shameful but it avoids an apology. The UK Foreign Office statement comes after Khan during his visit to Amritsar on Wednesday said the British government should apologise for the mass killing.
'I'm clear that the government should now apologise, especially as we reach the centenary of the massacre. This is about properly acknowledging what happened here and giving the people of Amritsar and India the closure they need through a formal apology,' Pakistani-origin Khan said during his ongoing trade mission to India and Pakistan.
He described the massacre as one of the most horrific events in India's history.
The foreign office invoked former British Prime Minister David Cameron's views on the issue after Khan asked for an apology.
'As the former prime minister said when he visited the Jallianwala Bagh in 2013, the massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history and one that we should never forget. It is right that we pay respect to those who lost their lives and remember what happened. The British government rightly condemned the events at the time,' it said in a statement.
The UK's Conservative Party-led government had last fallen short of a formal apology for the massacre during a visit to Amritsar by Cameron.
Meanwhile, a veteran UK-Indian MP has revived his petition calling for an apology by Britain for the massacre after Khan's demand.
Virendra Sharma, a fellow Opposition Labour Party member like Khan, had launched the petition on the UK Parliament's website earlier this year but it has attracted just over 1,778 signatures.
At 10,000 signatures, the UK government would have to respond to the petition and at 100,000 it has to be considered for a House of Commons debate.
'In 1919 Colonel Dyer ordered his men to fire, and maybe 1,000 peaceful protesters were left dead. At the time Winston Churchill proclaimed the massacre 'monstrous' and the British government condemned Dyer for his actions, but no apology has since been forthcoming. It is now time to apologise,' the petition reads.