The BBC World News channel has been blocked in Pakistan after broadcasting a documentary that was deemed to be critical of the country.

According to the Guardian, ‘Secret Pakistan’, which was broadcast last week, explored accusations by CIA officials and western diplomats that Pakistan was failing to meet its commitments in the “war on terror”. Khalid Arain, president of the country’s cable TV association, said operators had blocked the BBC service as a result.

“We are deeply concerned that BBC World News has been taken off air by the Cable Association of Pakistan,” said a BBC spokesman.

“We condemn any action that threatens our editorial independence and prevents audiences from accessing our impartial international news service. We would urge that BBC World News and other international news services are reinstated as soon as possible.”