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UK govt must apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

on Thursday endorsed the demand that the government must apologise for the 1919 massacre and the of Bengal ahead of

While endorsing the demand for apology from the over the massacre on twitter, also said the must return the Koh-i-Noor diamond to

"Fully endorse the demand that must apologise to the nations of Pakistan, and on Jallianwala Massacre and Bengal ..these tragedies are the scar on the face of Britain, also Koh-e-Noor, must be returned to where it belongs," he tweeted.

The Pakistani minister's statement came a day after British described the massacre in as a "shameful scar" on British Indian history but stopped short of a formal apology sought by a cross-section of Parliament in previous debates.

In a statement, marking in the House of Commons, she reiterated the "regret" already expressed by the

May's statement came after British MPs at of the debated the issue of a formal apology for the massacre to mark its centenary this Saturday.

The massacre took place in Jallianwala Bagh in on in April 1919 when the troops, under the command of Reginald Dyer, fired machine guns at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration.

Historical records claim that Dyer had fired on the gathering without warning and continued to fire for 10 minutes even as they were trying to escape, while he blocked the main exit with his soldiers and armoured vehicles.

The massacre saw more than 1,000 unarmed men, women and children killed by the British army riflemen.

The Bengal left about 3 million people dead in 1943-44. Then British had ordered the diversion of from starving Indian civilians to well-supplied British soldiers and even to top up European stockpiles in and elsewhere.

When reminded of the suffering of the Indian victims during the famine, his response was that the "famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits".

Koh-e-Noor, which means Mountain of Light, is a large, colourless diamond that was found in Southern in early 14th century.

The 108-carat Kohinoor gem, which fell into British hands during the colonial era, is the subject of a historic ownership dispute and claimed by at least four countries including

The giant diamond was acquired by Britain in 1849 when the Company annexed the region of Since then, India has laid claims to the diamond, urging the to return the gem which currently stays on display in the

The jewel, once the largest known diamond in the world, is set in a crown last worn by the late during her coronation and was displayed on top of her crown when her coffin lay in state after her death in 2002.

A petition seeking return of the jewel from the British government has also been pending in the for the last four year.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 16:45 IST