Pakistan condemns Indian ‘disinformation campaign’ flagged by EU NGO

Islamabad, Dec 10 (efe-epa).- Pakistan on Thursday lashed out at an Indian propaganda network that appeared to serve New Delhi interests and malign its traditional rival Islamabad in international forums.

The alleged disinformation campaign to publish anti-Pakistan content run for about 15 years was flagged by a European Union nonprofit.

Islamabad accused New Delhi of using Nazi tactics inspired by Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

“India not only spread disinformation but also abused international institutions in its desire to malign Pakistan,” Pakistani foreign ministry spokesperson Zahid Hafeez told reporters.

He said such Indian “ploys” were “doomed to fail” and asserted that the report published on Wednesday by independent platform EU DisinfoLab had vindicated Pakistan’s grievances to the international community over its neighbor.

“The expose on Indian disinformation campaign by EU Disinfolab requires global attention. India’s subversive activities against Pakistan have been ignored for far too long,” Hafeez said.

According to the report, the Indian campaign had been operating at least since 2005 and was to influence the EU policies in India’s favor.

It also sought to garner support from the UN and international NGOs.

According to the expose, the propaganda machinery covered 119 countries through over 500 fake media outlets and more than 10 nonprofits and think-tanks based in Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States, linked with the New Delhi-based Srivastava business group.

Moreover, the DisinfoLab also flagged Indian news agency ANI (Asian News International) and Big News Network, a network of 450 suspicious media outlets, for allegedly publishing sponsored content masquerading as news articles.

The network invented fictitious journalists and used identities of unrelated professionals, even “resurrecting” dead personalities, according to the report.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had tweeted about the expose, reiterating Pakistan’s claim that India was sponsoring terrorism on its soil.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the revelation had not come as a surprise for Islamabad.

“Incredible India, powered by fascist ideals (and) disinfo that even puts Goebbels to shame,” Qureshi tweeted.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars and multiple minor conflicts since their independence from British rule in 1947.

The two nuclear powers have been involved in a long-standing conflict over the disputed region of Kashmir, divided between the two countries. EFE-EPA


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