Sadiq Khan shuts down BBC reporter's Pakistan question

Naomi Gordon
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From Digital Spy

As a proud south Londoner – born and bred – Sadiq Khan just made a BBC reporter look a little ignorant when he asked him what it felt like "coming home" to Pakistan.

The Mayer of London was visiting dignitaries in Wagah, on the India-Pakistan border, when he was asked by BBC's Karl Mercer: "Does it feel like coming home?"

Khan, who was raised in Tooting, immediately quipped: "Home is south London, mate."

He continued: "But it's good to be in Pakistan, it's good to come from India – home of my parents and grandparents."

Khan's parents are of Indian Muslim heritage and settled in Pakistan with his grandparents after the Partition of India in 1947.

They moved to London in 1968, where his father worked as a bus driver, and Khan was born two years later.

Obviously viewers were loving Khan's response on Twitter, with others complaining that the question was "ignorant" and "embarrassingly bad".

However, a spokesperson for the BBC defended the question, explaining that many, including Punjab's chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, had said the trip was a "homecoming".

"Our reporter asked the Mayor a question in the context of the trip being referred to by senior politicians in the region as a homecoming. The full answer the Mayor gave shows he understood the context of the question," they told The Telegraph.

The BBC were recently criticised when they used images of two different actors while announcing the death of Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor.

During the segment on BBC News at Ten earlier this week, footage of Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor's nephew Rishi Kapoor were shown, but there were no images or video of Kapoor himself.

Paul Royall, editor of BBC News at Six and Ten, went on to apologise for the error.

"BBC News at Ten is very sorry the wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor," he said on Twitter.

"The piece did not meet its usual standards and the programme has apologised for any upset."

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