Boris Johnson’s connection with Pakistan, Turkey
It has been almost three days since Boris Johnson has taken charge of the prime minister office of the United Kingdom. Being a staunch supporter of the Brexit, he has promised to strike a divorce deal with the European Union. Johnson has sundry similarities with US President Donald Trump, who himself has once regarded him as Britain’s Trump. The newly elected prime minister has promised to “make the Britain great again”.
Boris Johnson enjoys good relations with some popular Pakistani politicians specially Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. While, he also has some ancestral connection – directly or indirectly — with not only Turkey but Pakistan as well. On his visit to Pakistan, the British prime minister had taken a selfie with Imran Khan which went viral on social media.
His ancestors were Muslims and they were designated on important positions in the Ottoman Empire. For this heritage, he is fondly called ‘Boris the Turk’ in Turkey. The Turkish media has said that the “Ottoman grandson” could fortify the bilateral relations.
Ottoman Empire’s last interior minister, Ali Kemal, was great-grandfather of the ex-London mayor.
On the other hand, Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler has roots in Pakistan. She belongs to a Sikh family of Sargodha in the country.
Marina is the elder daughter of BBC Correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler and his Indian wife Dip Singh. She is a law graduate and practices as human rights barrister.
Congratulating upon being elected as PM, Imran Khan had said that he was confident that under his leadership not only the UK and its people would prosper but the bilateral relations with Pakistan would also flourish. “I look forward to working with you,” he had said.
While Bilawal Bhutto had shared a picture in which he could be seen taking selfie with him. He said he was hopeful that Pakistan and the UK’s relations would reach new heights now.
Boris Johnson’s views about Pakistan: