The BBC’s World News has been taken off the air in Pakistan after broadcasting a documentary that was deemed to be critical of the country. Secret Pakistan, which was screened last Wednesday, explored accusations by CIA officials and western diplomats that Pakistan was failing to meet its commitments in the “war on terror”. Khalid Arain, president of the country’s cable TV association, said operators had blocked the BBC service as a result.
The BBC condemned the decision, which is understood to have been applied to other foreign news broadcasters airing “anti-Pakistan” content as well.
“We are deeply concerned that BBC World News has been taken off air by the Cable Association of Pakistan,” said a BBC spokesman.