Musharraf expects apology from British daily over “expletive” editorial

November 14th, 2007 - 10:30 am ICT by admin  

When asked about the expulsions of the three Daily Telegraph reporters on Saturday, Musharraf responded angrily at a news conference here today.

“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.

Pakistan government, on Saturday, ordered three Daily Telegraph reporters, including its regular Islamabad correspondent, to leave the country within 72 hours because of the “foul and abusive language.”

Expressing his anger over the editorial, which was sharply critical of the West’s relations with Musharraf, and even used a quote containing an expletive to describe Pakistan, Musharraf said: “Now if there is anybody who does not have a sense of how to speak and how to write … I mean, I can’t, I don’t have words to express, what I can say about it?”

“In fact I would say, I expect an apology,” The News quoted Musharraf, as saying.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said Saturday it could not immediately comment on the expulsions of its reporters.

Its editorial also described Musharraf as “a spent force” and said he had shown a combination of “incompetence and brutality.”

Earlier today, journalists held a protest demonstration in Multan against the deportation order of three foreign journalists — Isambard Wilkinson, Collin Freeman and Daniel Macelroy. (ANI)

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