Pakistan takes serious exception to BBC programme's title -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pakistan takes serious exception to BBC programme’s title

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday took serious exception to the discriminatory treatment by BBC on the occasion of 60th anniversary of its creation.

In a letter written to the BBC, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Senator Tariq Azeem pointed out that the title of BBC’s programme on the occasion is prejudicial and biased against Pakistan.

He regretted that the BBC has chosen to project Pakistan’s 60th anniversary in such a manner, which falls below the standards of fairness and probity of the BBC. It is understood that this highly slanted title of the programme was chosen by the Hindi Service of the BBC, some sources added.

Minister of State for Finance Omar Ayub Khan and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Ms Hina Rabbani Khar were scheduled to represent Pakistan in the said programme. Both the Ministers had urged the BBC to change the title of the programme but the latter decline to accommodate Pakistan’s viewpoint. That is why both the Ministers decided not to participate in the BBC’s said programme, reliable sources said.
Source: The News
Date:8/9/2007