ISLAMABAD: Following a raft of criticism from Pakistan’s Twitter users, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has come out to clarify that leaving out Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mention from its interview with Finance Minister Asad Umar was “not an act of censorship” and it was edited out owing to time constraints.
In an interview to BBC’s HardTalk Stephen Sackur asked Umar a wide-range of questions.
The televised version, however, did not contain his mention of Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military tribunal for his involvement in espionage last year.
“The reason Kulbhushan Jadhav’s name was deleted from the TV version of the HARDtalk interview with Asad Umar has a simple technical explanation,” said a tweet from the programme’s Twitter handle. “The recorded interview was too long for our broadcast slot and so had to be edited.”
The channel said Jadhav’s name had been omitted from the TV version of the interview and not the radio version, and that it was not done to censor the minister’s words.
Because “clearly confusion has been caused”, the broadcaster said it would restore the omitted “short section” to the programme and air the new TV version again on Thursday and Friday night.