BBC story a pack of lies, violation of journalistic ethos: ISPR

12:25 AM | 4 Jun, 2019
BBC story a pack of lies, violation of journalistic ethos: ISPR
RAWALPINDI - The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan Army, on Monday refuted a news story published by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on 2nd June 2019, titled “Uncovering Pakistan’s Secret Human Rights Abuses”.

Terming the story a pack of lies and in violation of journalistic ethos, the ISPR, in a statement, said, “The story carries conjecturing implicating Pakistan Army without any proof.”

“The angling, spinning and creditability of the story is exposed from the fact that contrary to published claim, ISPR only received a judgmental questionnaire via email. In response, ISPR offered full opportunity even interaction to know the facts. BBC team never responded and did a preconceived conjectured story,” the ISPR added.

“The story is void of the context and understanding of the prevalent environment at that time.

“Contrary to the expression in the story, Operation in North Waziristan as per the given date of so-called incident in the report had not yet started. The area (NWD) was being used by terrorists to plan, coordinate and execute terrorist activities across the country. On the average 6-8 terrorist incidents per month were taking place across Pakistan targeting children, women, schools, churches and markets. People were being slaughtered in NWD and terrorists were playing football with heads of their victims. NWD and local population was actually hostage to hardcore terrorists,” the ISPR said.

“The BBC story lacks any credible and authentic source and merely relied on hearsay. The basis of the complete story on “SO-CALLED STRIKES” quoting an unauthentic private TV channels news of 22nd January 2014. The only source interviewed also didn’t point at anyone or talked about strike or operation.

“The issue mentioned in the report is of NWD whereas quoted activist as source is of a particular group from South Waziristan District (SWD). Besides not availing full opportunity offered by ISPR, the BBC report ignored available official government stance on recent Kharkamar check post incident in NWD.”

“The writer surely lacked knowledge of environment, ground situation, geography of the area and about conduct of operations. The story remains ill-intended, biased and part of a larger agenda. It also amounts to undermine Pakistan’s efforts for fighting global menace of terrorism and Pakistan’s unparalleled achievements in war against terrorism contributing to regional peace.

“The people of Pakistan are well aware of the fake news phenomenon of all types and design behind such undertakings. The issue is being formally taken up with BBC authorities,” the ISPR statement concluded.

Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (APPC) - Pakistan's Premier News Agency


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 14 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 14, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25  303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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