NEWS DESK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is on a trade mission. He visited India and then crossed the border to Pakistan on foot. Unfortunately, he became the target of a racist question reeking of contempt and hatred posed by a BBC journalist.
BBC reporter Karl Mercer asked the London mayor: “Does it feel like coming home?”, to which Khan swiftly replied: “Home is south London, mate. But it’s good to be in Pakistan, it’s good to come from India, home of my parents and grandparents.”
Khan was born and raised in Tooting; his parents are of Indian Muslim heritage and settled in Pakistan with his grandparents after the partition of India in 1947, before moving to London in 1968.
The fact that a BBC journalist asked him such an offensive question for simply being an Asian stirred a social media debate. Here’s how people lashed out:
Even the London mayor is asked this question! Sadiq Khan was asked by a BBC reporter, Karl Mercer: “Does it feel like coming home?” to which the mayor of London swiftly replied: “Home is south London, mate. But it’s good to be in Pakistan” https://t.co/MpK7NOxtji
— Khushbu Shah (@KhushbuOShea) December 7, 2017
BBC have not yet apologised to Sadiq Khan The Mayor of London for the racist slur by Karl Mercer’s broadcast across world media.
— Sheila (@stopit99) December 7, 2017
Subtle but crucial wording change in Karl Mercer’s account of his question to Sadiq Khan.
— Ian Kenny (@ianskenny) December 7, 2017
New low for BBC News. BBC’s Karl Mercer asks Mr. Khan if he feels he’s coming home, visiting Pakistan. Maybe Mr. Mercer should be working for the Mail or the Sun.
Up your game BBC, this is gutter press behaviour and not what I pay the license fee for.
— Mike Deery (@MikeDeery1) December 7, 2017
Story first published: 8th December 2017