Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India waited for an hour to inform Pakistan about the surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016 before making the news public. A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said, they are disappointed with the action taken by a small minority in Parliament Square.
Meanwhile, the flag has been replaced. Police officers and a politician are under investigation in two of the unrelated cases. "We want to welcome the Indian Prime Minister to the United Kingdom and show him the diaspora support he enjoys", one of his supporters outside 10 Downing Street said.
When asked about recent incident of cross border firing on Pak-Afghan border, Dr Muhammad Faisal said both the sides were continuing negotiations to address their misunderstandings. According to reports, an Indian journalist was also reportedly attacked during demonstrations organised by pro-Khalistan elements in London. The pro-Khalistani demonstrators from Sikh Federation UK and demonstrators from the so-called "Minorities Against Modi" group, led by Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed, were among almost 500 protesters who descended upon Parliament Square.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May stood by India and said, "India is indeed a good friend of the UK, and the Indian diaspora here in the UK plays an enormous role and makes an enormous contribution to our society and our economy".
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Modi, who faced criticism from hundreds of protesters in London for his silence on the aforementioned rape cases, stressed on the importance of teaching men to respect women as a precursor to curbing rape in India.
"Some will conclude the act by protesters of removing the Indian flag was disrespectful, but how can this simple act of defiance be compared to promoting and protecting killers and rapists by those in power in India". "Hindu nationalism must be curtailed to avert India sliding towards wholesale dictatorship threatening democratic fabric, rule of law and the unity of India", a Caste Watch UK spokesperson said.
At the "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath" event in London, PM Modi said that "rape is rape" and shouldn't be politicized.