November 30, 2011

Pakistan blocks BBC World News Channel

BBC World News channel will not be aired in Pakistan from today as the cable operators have blocked the channel accusing it of broadcasting “anti-Pakistan” content after the NATO strike that killed 24 soldiers.

World's leading channel was blocked for airing a documentary “Secret Pakistan” that exposes Pakistan's secrecy highlighting links between the Inter-Services Intelligence agency and terror outfits in Afghanistan.

The controversial documentary was being aired in Pakistan over the weekend. However, no move has been taken against other channels like Sky News, Fox News, CNN and Al—Jazeera.

The All Pakistan Cable Operators Association said that the channels will be blocked if found airing “anti-Pakistan” content in the country.

Reacting to the move, the BBC condemned Pakistan cable television operators. The channel boasts of its editorial independence and it should not be restricted, the BBC added hoping for an early reinstation of the channel in the country.

Pakistan's move came out of aggression after its 24 soldiers were killed in a NATO strike last week near Pakistani tribal region of Mohmand. The army had condemned the attack terming it as "unprovoked and indiscriminate".

Meanwhile, the Pakistan cabinet has decided not to attend the next week's conference on Afghanistan's future in the German city of Bonn protesting  the attack.

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