LAHORE – A British public service broadcaster BBC has responded over the criticism on omitting Pakistani Finance Minister statement regarding RAW agent Kulbhushan Jhadav.
BBC explained that the part of interview was edited due time constraints and was not the act of censorship.
BBC was facing severe criticism for omitting the statement of Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar about Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian terrorist, from his recorded interview, triggering the conspiracy.
In an interview with BBC’s Stephen Sackur for the well-known show Hardtalk, the finance minister responded to several questions regarding various national issues.
However, the talk of Umar about Jadhav, who was awarded death sentence by a military court in 2017 over espionage charges, was edited out from the TV version of the interview.
Later, the whole interview carrying the Jadhav issue discussion was aired on BBC’s radio, showing the difference between it and the TV version of the interview.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the ruling party, also raised the issue of the censorship of the interview by the BBC in a soft way on Twitter. It also shared the interview with mention of Jadhav in Umar’s discussion. [image: Embedded video] link
In @BBCHARDtalk link interview, @Asad_Umar link mentioned Kulbushan Yadav and his admission of terrorist activities in Balochistan which was edited out in the televised show. Check what was shown by BBC (first 9 seconds) and edited part of what Asad Umar said in between. 1,629 link 8:20 PM - Dec 13, 2018 link
Earlier today, Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari lambasted the BBC for allegedly censoring the interview and removing the part about Jadhav. She called it “typical bias” on the part of the broadcaster.
“Shameful how BBC censored and chopped off Asad’s mention of Indian spymaster Jhadav! Typical bias of BBC!” she wrote on Twitter.