Indian publisher sorry for not verifying authors comments in Benazirs biography

June 11th, 2008 - 11:58 am ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto

New Delhi , June 11 (ANI): The publisher of Indian author Shyam Bhatias recent book Goodbye Shehzadi, based on the life of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto, has apologized for publishing personal and controversial statements about her life, which, he said, he published on the authors trust, without verify the contents.

He said he was ready to make amendments to the book.

In the book, Bhatia writes that Benazir had once confided to him that she had participated in the nuclear black market. He writes that Bhutto made this revelation in a conversation during a meeting in Dubai in 2003, and added she had made him to promise that he would not disclose this during her lifetime.

PPP is said to be considering legal action against Bhatia over the contents of the book, which it described as tasteless and scurrilous allegations.

Publisher of New Delhi-based Roli Books Pramod Kapoor said, There are things which are personal in nature. Being a sensitive publisher, we deeply regret that it has hurt Bhutto’s children and husband (Asif Zardari) and we owe them our apology.

He said his firm had published London-based journalist Shyam Bhatia’s book on the basis of trust and had not verified the contents. While we cannot really reply to the political things he (Bhatia) has mentioned in the book, but I would say we deeply regret the personal part that has gone into it, the Daily Times quoted him as saying.

He added: Taking the other sides viewpoint, unlike in newspaper and TV channels, is not possible in book publishing. It is a relationship between the publisher and the author, where the publisher must trust the author fully (regarding the contents). That is what happened in this case.

However, Kapoor said he would back the author on the political content in the book as his company had printed it. (ANI)

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