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BBC shuts down scholar Christine Fair for saying Pak supports Taliban, courts controversy

BBC shuts down scholar Christine Fair for saying Pak supports Taliban, courts controversy

New Delhi: The BBC has come under fire after the network shot down C. Christine Fair, a scholar on South Asia, for speaking about Pakistan's jihad policy in Afghanistan during a programme.

In a BBC interview clip shared by journalist Kyle Orton, Christine Fair was heard discussing the role of Pakistan in the current Afghanistan crisis. At that point the BBC presenter intervened and stopped Christine Fair from speaking further on Pakistan, citing absence of diplomatic official to counter the allegations.

However, This has invited harsh criticism in Twitter as many prominent users slammed BBC for "shutting down" a senior academician.

"Really disappointing. @BBCWorld shutting down @CChristineFair as she tries to advance a cogent critique of Pakistan's role in Afghanistan. This is poor journalism; not what you expect from the Beeb," said Theo Farrell on Twitter.

"Shame on @bbcworldservice for not letting Georgetown University Prof. @CChristineFair finish answering the question. This is an example of how if BBC censors Afghanistan analysis. It is a fact Pakistan supports Taliban, the Taliban leaders have Pakistani passports & work with ISI," Mariam Amini said.

"Quite gross from @BBCNews: our "impartiality" doctrine was used to basically shut down @CChristineFair when she explained Pakistan's jihad policy in Afghanistan that has brought us all to this catastrophe — an issue on which there is no 'balance' or 'other side', factually", Kyle Orton said.

"How is it @PhilippaBBC's job to shut a guest down? Surely, she could have invited a Pakistani official later to give their view. As a news anchor, she should know that many people have the same analysis/view as @CChristineFair whether one agrees with it or not," former Pakistan diplomat Hussain Haqqani said.

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