Indian Media’s Propaganda Campaign against Pakistan
By Sajjad Shaukat
By bringing the political battles into our bedrooms, social media has made it much difficult for politicians to speak lies and to hide information.
Indian media has been repeatedly exposed globally for its irresponsible reporting/peddling fake news especially with regards to propaganda against Pakistan. The report of the EU DisinfoLab- an NGO on February 24, this year unearthed a huge Indian network propagating falsehood, influencing EU Parliamentarians and international public opinion.
In this regard, the EU DisinfoLab has continued unraveling India’s terror-network and anti-Pakistan propaganda campaign, operating against the country.
Focusing on tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns found that leading Indian media outlet Asian News International (ANI) was involved in using non-existent sources to spread propaganda against Pakistan and China.
The organisation revealed it in its latest investigation into anti-Pakistan/China influence operations and follows up on two previous investigations published in 2019 and 2020.
In this respect, read the DisinfoLab’s blog— “The investigation looks into a number of non-existent organisations, bloggers and journalists who are regularly quoted by Asian News International (ANI).” It added that the content of ANI was also reproduced on well-known digital portals such as Yahoo News.
ANI had previously been accused of reporting the Indian government’s ‘version of truth’ by independent magazine The Caravan. Moreover, two previous EU DisinfoLab investigations have revealed that ANI regularly quoted the defunct ‘EP Today’ and ‘EU Chronicles’, two fake media outlets supposedly specialising in EU affairs that were, in fact, created to push anti-Pakistan/China narratives in India.
The latest investigation revealed that ANI had been repeatedly quoting a think tank which was dissolved in 2014 and therefore no longer exists. It said: “ANI has been using quotes from a journalist, as well as from several bloggers and supposed geopolitical experts, who do not exist.”
In this connection, another Indian conspiracy against Pakistan had been exposed when a youth from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Mehdi Shah Rizvi, son of late Syed Haider Shah Rizvi, in a recent message on the social media, admitted that he was being used for the anti-Pakistan rhetoric by the Indian proxies and like-minded groups from abroad.
He elaborated that his father was also a sub-nationalist and worked for his handlers from abroad to achieve their desired objectives under the close patronage of the Indian intelligence outfit RAW—international forums, operating under the cover of accredited NGOs misled his father and forced him to make anti-Pakistan statements.
He said that the same forums have been busted by the report of EU DisInfoLab which uncovered a network of over 750 fake media outlets, spread in 116 countries. The Indian Chronicles is part of India’s fifth generation warfare against Pakistan.
Mehdi Shah Rizvi confessed that after his father’s death, he also treaded his path—stating, how Scotland based Dr. Amjad Ayub Mirza and Britain based Sajjad Raja and Shaukat Kashmiri misled innocent people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir against Pakistan—all these three people are RAW agents and take money from RAW.
He also indicated that he was incited against Pakistani state, army and other national institutions—Amjad Ayub assured financial and Indian support, and urged him to protest outside Pakistani embassy in Italy—during a human rights session at the United Nations, he was given a script to speak out against Pakistan army—Indian proxies promised him representation in United Nations and a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In fact, India had already started the undeclared war against Pakistan, which has been accelerated after the leader of the party BJP, Modi became Indian prime minister. This war includes all the tactics of psychological warfare, propaganda and secret operations against Pakistan.
Notably, there are numerous examples of international news channels (France 24, BBC) which at different occasions pointed towards the ethical lacking in reporting by Indian news channels.
While, Pakistan has been the primary target of Indian state sponsored falsehood, and recently Indian media with a lapse of two years have again started a malicious propaganda campaign accusing Pakistan for cross border terrorism in the disputed territory of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
However, a careful analysis of the Indian media, reporting on the subject highlights a visible pattern of propaganda.
While, Indian government’s assault on Kashmiris reached unlimited proportions after August 5, 2019 when Indian extremist government revoked articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the IIOJK. Indian government bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories—Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to be ruled by the federal government. On the same day, Indian radical Premier Modi, the leader of the fanatic ruling party BJP also imposed strict military lockdown in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and deployed more than 900,000 troops there.
Neglecting Indian state terrorism and Kashmiri’s perennial war of liberation, Indian media started claiming rapid improvement in state of normalcy in the troubled occupied region.
In this context, South Asia Journal Net and EuroAsia Review recently reported: “The tall claims by Indian military command also supported Indian state narrative. The statements of GOC 15 Corps deployed in IIOJK bear the testimony…We have stopped infiltration to a large extent. In 2020 there were 130 attempts of infiltration in Kashmir; this year, the number is less than 30, the decline in the infiltration incidents from across the borders was due to the Indian Army’s effective measures…Interestingly, for continuous two years after the Indian highly illegal move to strip the Kashmiris from their right of autonomy accorded as per the United Nations Security Council resolution, India boosted the military achievements of completely seizing cross border terrorism…Moreover the Indian government and senior army leadership trumpeted about bringing the level of so-called militancy to near zero”.
Economic Times highlighting GOC 15 Corps statement, indicated: “At least in the Kashmir Valley, there have been zero ceasefire violations. Also, there has been no instigation from across the border”.
The latest Indian propaganda regarding surge in cross border terrorism from Pakistan seems that Indian government has ulterior motives to build a data base to intrude and invade Pakistan.
Nonetheless, international community must come forward and caution India to refrain from the state sponsored policy of falsehood to initiate propaganda campaigns against Pakistan.
Islamabad has time and again reiterated its stance of solving Kashmir problem through peaceful dialogue in line with the UNSC resolution.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
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