Harry and Ahmed Raza Khan
Oh dear, oh dear… the proverbial has hit the fan now! SMH
Prince Harry’s racist remark about a Pakistani member of his army platoon has prompted widespread criticism.
The prince issued an apology after the News of the World published a video diary in which he calls one of his then Sandhurst colleagues a “Paki”.
Politicians and Muslim groups are among those to have condemned the prince’s remarks.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said the words would have caused “considerable offence”, while Tory leader David Cameron said it was “a completely unacceptable thing to say”.
Aki Nawaz, musician and political activist, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting and I think he should be dismissed from the MoD. We don’t accept these things, we’ve had to live with this for 40 years.”
A man told BBC Radio Five Live the cadet concerned was his nephew, Ahmed Raza Khan, from Pakistan, who served with Prince Harry at Sandhurst for one year as a Commonwealth cadet.
Iftikhar Raja said his nephew, now a captain in the Pakistani army, would have risen above such terms and had not mentioned the incident to his family.
Mr Raja said: “At no time he told us that he was called Paki or he was a good friend of Prince Harry, I mean, although they served together that is true.“But I myself am a British subject, I am proud to be British and if someone called me Pakistani I would be proud to be called that, but Paki is definitely a derogatory remark.”
He added: “We expect better from our Royal Family on whom we spend millions and millions of pounds for training and schooling.”
Captain Ahmed Raza Khan graduated with Harry from Sandhurst in 2006 receiving a special award from the Queen for being the best overseas officer cadet.
Prince Harry’s publicity team are working hard to convince us that what Harry said was in jest, that he and Ahmed were “friends”.
They are killing me today LOL!!!
We don’t believe you, you need more people!!!!!
The reality is they just served in the Army together. END OF! There was no friendship and Harry just thought of Ahmed as being a lowly Commonwealth subject/”Paki”.
And I am baffled as to why Mr Raja (Ahmed’s uncle) would “expect better from our Royal Family”.
You need to wake up and smell the coffee mate! Why does any of this come as a shock?
Click here to listen/watch BBC report.
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