India’s smear campaign against Pakistan has no limits: Qureshi

Qureshi says he had written to the EU High Representative, asking him to make India accountable for its misdeeds

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that India’s smear campaign against Pakistan had no limits as the neighbouring country had even misused prestigious international institutions, including the United Nations, for its nefarious designs.

“Members of European Parliament were duped, disinformed and unabashedly manipulated” and “think-tanks, researchers and even students were used as pawns to peddle Indian fallacies,” the foreign minister said addressing the concluding session of a seminar on ‘Disinformation as a Tool of Strategic Warfare’ organised here by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS).

Referring to the recent report of EU Disinfo Lab titled ‘Indian Chronicles’, he shared that the government of Pakistan had called upon the international community to take due cognizance of India’s systematic designs to damage Pakistan’s image and international standing.

Qureshi said that he had written to the EU High Representative, asking him to make India accountable for its misdeeds that had been unearthed by an independent not-for-profit organization funded by the EU itself.

Qureshi said that Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York had written to the chair of the NGO committee in ECOSOC to de-register the 10 fake NGOs (non-governmental organisations) identified in the Indian Chronicles.

He viewed that the Indian Chronicles had revealed the real face of India and its hate for Pakistan, and termed maligning Pakistan an article of faith for the Bharatiya Janata Party- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (BJP-RSS) dispensation in New Delhi.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andleeb Abbas enumerated three challenges of countering disinformation in the 21st century as follows:

  1. The use and abuse of information technology;
  2. The reality of the post-truth world where facts were constructed and misconstrued;
  3. The inability of international institutions to adapt to this new reality of fake news.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed called for busting of myths about propaganda, stating that such misinformation and fear-mongering tactics were only linked to dictatorships. It was only employed in a situation of war, and it was only orchestrated through state-controlled media, he maintained.

He said that India’s disinformation campaign against Pakistan was a new form of international aggression because it was conducted for 15 years to malign a neighbouring country against which India did not have active hostilities.

Pakistan’s former ambassador to China Masood Khalid said that fake news travelled faster than true news through social media and this called for greater regulation of social media platforms.

He condemned Indian tactics of spreading falsehoods about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Professor Glenn Diesen of the South Eastern University of Norway, who addressed the seminar virtually, stated that while the attempts by states to promote a national narrative were not new, international redistribution of power and the emergence of new technologies had emerged more recently.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) President Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz urged the governments and people to work together to ensure that people and governments were not led astray with fake news, propaganda, and false narratives.

It could only be safeguarded with news literacy, high-quality journalism, and social responsibility, he added.

Parliamentary Committee Chairman on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi, Professor Athina Karatzogianni of the Leicester University, Air Cdr (r) Khalid Banuri, defence analyst Lt Gen (r) Naeem Lodhi, political analyst Dr Huma Baqai, Professor Shahab Enam Khan, Pakistan’s former permanent representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Faruk Amil, Professor of International Relations at the NESA US Dr Hassan Abbas, columnist and public policy professional Mosharraf Zaidi, Pakistan’s former permanent representative to the UN in Geneva and Ambassador Zamir Akram also addressed the event.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Why? why? no body hear my voice? Joker Querty.. why why no body cares for all pakis? all are suffering brain hemorrhage since 5th August Modi surgical strike and loosing apatite for food and severe stress come constipation problems? This man is suffering worst and writing and ringing daily all in the world till no relief, no bowl movement for him last 365 days?

  2. Pakistan’s leaders are constantly trying to convince the world against India, but no one believes these ideas. Pakistan’s foreign minister continues to roam around the world and tries to create an atmosphere against India, but today the situation in Pakistan has become such that no one takes Pakistan seriously. The whole world laughs at Pakistan. Because India has made a strong economy by working very hard. Whereas Pakistan keeps asking only begging and debt from the world. In such a situation, Pakistan should leave all this nonsense and strengthen its own economy. Today India is a big market, so the whole world listens to India. Whereas Pakistan is known as a country of terrorism and hence nobody takes Pakistan seriously.

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