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Pakistan Which Is Circulating Fictional And Fabricated Dossiers, Best Example Of Disinformation Campaign against India

A Times of India Report

Dec 12, 2020

NEW DELHI: After Islamabad claimed vindication over the EU DisInfoLab alleging a disinformation campaign by India, the government on Friday hit out at Pakistan saying disinformation is practised not by responsible democracies but those who have a record of sheltering international terrorists like Osama bin Laden.

“As a responsible democracy, India does not practise disinformation campaigns,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, responding to the claims by Pakistan.

“In fact, if you are looking at disinformation, the best example is the country next door which is circulating fictional and fabricated dossiers and purveys a regular stream of fake news. Disinformation is practiced particularly by those who have records to hide such as sheltering international wanted terrorists including Osama bin Laden. And seek unsuccessfully to cover up their own tracks such as on the 26/ 11 Mumbai attack,” he added.

Islamabad had recently circulated a dossier claiming to provide “evidence” about India’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

Reports from Islamabad said Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had appealed to the UN and EU to investigate the report, exposing a “15-year disinformation campaign” that he alleged was designed to serve India’s interests and discredit Pakistan.

“We also call on the United Nations to create processes that ensure that the international system is not manipulated through such influence operations,” he said. According to an AP report, the EU DisinfoLab report, entitled “Indian Chronicles',' did not explicitly attribute the campaign to the Indian government or its intelligence agencies.

Original Headline: India: Pakistan best example of disinformation campaign

Source: The Times of India


Pakistan Asks UN and EU to Probe Fake Pro-India NGOs, Media

The Times of India Report

Dec 11, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign minister on Friday called for the United Nations and the European Union to investigate a recent report exposing a 15-year disinformation campaign that Islamabad alleges was designed to serve India's interests and discredit Pakistan. New Delhi denied the claims.

The extensive report was published earlier this week by EU DisinfoLab, a Brussels-based nongovernmental organization. The findings detail how 10 defunct but U.N.-accredited NGOs were ``revived'' in order to influence the EU and the U.N. Human Rights Council. It also uncovered over 750 fake local media outlets used to spread disinformation.

At a news conference, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the U.N. and the EU to ``immediately begin an investigation and delisting of the 10 fake NGOs created by India to malign Pakistan.``

``We also call on the United Nations to create processes that ensure that the international system is not manipulated through such influence operations,'' he said.

The EU DisinfoLab report, entitled ``Indian Chronicles,'' did not explicitly attribute the campaign to the Indian government or its intelligence agencies.

The report said the operation was led by the Srivastava Group, a business conglomerate that came into the spotlight in India after organizing a visit to the disputed Kashmir region for far-right members of the European Parliament in late 2019.

Qureshi, however, directly accused New Delhi of running the campaign.

``The scope and extent of India's operations against Pakistan under their hybrid war is now apparent for the world to see. Pakistan will take all necessary actions to protect its interests,'' he said.

In New Delhi, India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava dismissed the report and Pakistan's allegation, saying ``as a responsible democracy, India does not practice disinformation campaigns``.

The two nuclear armed rivals have a history of bitter relations, and have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

The EU DisinfoLab report comes less than a month after Pakistan accused India of sponsoring ``terrorism'' aimed at destabilizing the country and targeting its economic partnership with China.

India has likewise accused Pakistan of sponsoring militant groups that have carried out attacks inside its borders in recent years.

Original Headline: Pakistan asks UN to pobe fake pro-India NGOs, media

Source: The Times of India


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