Daily Telegraph apologises to Musharraf for using abusive language

December 14th, 2007 - 4:07 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Dec 14 (ANI): Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph, William Lewis, has tendered an apology to President Pervez Musharraf for using offensive language against him in an editorial published by the newspaper on November 9.
In a letter to Musharraf, he said, “I am writing to express our regret over any misunderstanding that may have been caused by the language used in our recent comments on Pakistan politics.”
“It was never our intention to cause offence to you and your family,” officials quoted the letter, as saying.
Sources said that the apology tendered by the Daily Telegraph was unsolicited.
Earlier, Musharraf had said that he expected the Daily Telegraph newspaper to apologise over an editorial which contained an expletive.
He was speaking a day after his government ordered three Daily Telegraph reporters, including its regular Islamabad correspondent, to leave the country within 72 hours because of the “foul and abusive language.
Musharraf responded angrily when questioned about the expulsions at a news conference.
“Would you accept a word of that sort if I was to use it, if any one of my reporters were to use (it) against your president?” he asked.
The editorial was sharply critical of the Wests relations with Musharraf, and used a quote containing the words sonofabitch to describe the key ally in the US-led “war on terror.”
Musharraf said he was ” really shocked” by the language used. (ANI)

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