Lahore, 23rd November: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been criticized on social media for making statements about the current government and army in its recent report.
Baaghi TV: The BBC has reported that opposition parties in Pakistan have been holding a series of large-scale protests against their government, putting pressure on Imran Khan.
The protesters demonstrated in the city of Peshawar, despite government threats to ban rallies to stem the rising coronavirus cases, the BBC reported.
The prime minister, who came to power on an anti-corruption platform, said the campaign was aimed at blackmailing opposition leaders into dropping corruption cases.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has been staging mass protests since October 16. Its members range from right-wing religious groups to centrist and left-wing mainstream parties, as well as secular nationalists.
The BBC says opposition parties say they want to overthrow the “irrelevant” government, which they have accused of pressuring the judiciary and mismanaging the economy. The aim is to restore “real” democracy in Pakistan’s permanent civil-military conflict.
No one can be sure where the current uprising will go, but everyone knows it is a battle between politicians and the military.
Opposition rallies have not only called into question the legitimacy of his government but also challenged military leaders and the ISI in a country with a history of civil-military tensions and insurgency.
According to the BBC, the last popular uprising took place in 2008, when General Pervez Musharraf was ousted and the constitution was restored. Since then, the country has seen what analysts described as a crawling uprising. Which is 2018 turned into a “hybrid military government”.
The BBC reported that Ayesha Siddiqui, an expert on the Pakistani army, believed that the recent attack by the opposition had made the army chief and the ISI look weak, but not the army itself. To ensure the supremacy of the constitution, members of the opposition coalition will need to “develop basic skills that will enable a civil-military dialogue and a possible initiative.”
It remains to be seen in the coming weeks and months whether the new opposition coalition can achieve much more.
Since the report, Army and PTI supporters have expressed outrage and demanded an apology from the BBC in the #Shame_On_BBC trend and a ban on BBC News in Pakistan.
— Abdul Moiz Anwar (@sekbsolutions) November 23, 2020
Qasim Khan Suri wrote that yellow journalism should be illegal. They attack the lives of innocent people and create unstable conditions for the purpose of preserving evil for profit. They can’t find anything and they build. Dear BBC, You have lost your reputation in the world.
It's all about the 5th Generation Warfare and this is to betray the nation so that political temperature could be raised for instability.
— Nauman Mushtaq (@NaumanMushtaq10) November 23, 2020
@BBCWorld attacks on Pakistani 🇵🇰 Elected @ImranKhanPTI Govt & #PakArmy by one cheep person @MohammadIlyasKh. @bbcworldservice need to check his impartiality Twitter feeds? It's full of content with anarchist #PTM & #PDM which is responsible for more violence?#Shame_On_BBC pic.twitter.com/MtifLI641r
— Oranxaib 🇵🇰 (@oranxaib) November 23, 2020
The BBC’s statement was also criticized by PTI’s official Twitter handle.
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