LONDON: British Broadcaster BBC News has rejected claims that it has launched an internal investigation into its story regarding Park Lane properties of the ruling Sharif family.
“We stand by our journalism and are satisfied that this story meets our editorial standards including accuracy and impartiality,” said BBC News in a statement on Twitter.
“There is no internal investigation into this BBC reporter (Ather Kazmi) nor this news story (When were Park Lane flats purchased, or sold?),” the British broadcaster added.
There is no internal investigation into this BBC reporter (Ather Kazmi) nor this news story (When were Park Lane flats purchased, or sold?).
— BBC Urdu (@BBCUrdu) January 19, 2017
The clarification comes following a reportsby the state-run Pakistani news agency APP that BBC has launched an internal inquiry against its reporter about his “misleading” story on Park Lane flats.
According to the agency, BBC management has accused reporter Ather Kazmi of playing into the hands of a Pakistani political party and presenting old information as new.
In its report last Friday, BBC said that properties owned by the Sharif family in London’s upscale Park Lane neighbourhood were purchased in the 1990s and there has been no change of ownership since then.
According to official documents available with BBC Urdu, the four flats were purchased in the name of the Nielsen and Nescoll companies.
According to the documents, an official record of companies doing business in the United Kingdom reveals that when Hassan Nawaz established Flagship Investment Ltd in 2001, the address he provided at the time of registration of the company was that of his Park Lane apartment. – SAMAA