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Indo-Pak war in reel life on BBC

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LONDON:The Situation Room, a reality drama on BBC based on a hypothetical scenario involving India and Pakistan, has grabbed media attention with its conclusion which shows former White House officials averting a nuclear war in the sub-continent.

The 90- minute documentary is pitched on a story which involves an Indo-Pak war in April 2004 following assassination of the Indian defence minister. It then goes on to show how a desperate Pakistani president informs the White House that he has no choice but to use nuclear weapons. The former White House officials intervene and try to head off a nuclear war on the sub-continent with the US president threatening India with military force unless it agrees to a ceasefire.

The surprising decision by the BBC's fictional US President, played by former US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia , Karl Inderfurth, was broadcast to British audiences on Wednesday night, The Times of India has reported.

Foreseeing both Indian and Pakistani objections, programme producer Susan O'Keeffe has been quoted as saying that "she believed in the integrity of the programme."

The programme has an interesting cast of Washington political insiders including President Bush Senior's former associate national security member Robert Oakley, former CIA head Milton Beardon, former ambassodor to India Tom Pickering, Clinton's chief of staff John Podesta and Clinton's Press secretary Joe Lockhart, the report says.

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