FO rejects Indian attempts to deny responsibility of disinformation campaign against Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)’s attempt to deny responsibility for the elaborate and reprehensible global disinformation campaign against Pakistan exposed by EU DisinfoLab.

The independent, non-profit disinformation watchdog’s latest report illustrates in graphic detail the web of more than 750 media in 116 countries, over 550 website domain names registered, resurrection of dead people and impersonation of EU institutions.

The report also mentions direct control of more than 10 NGOs accredited to the UN Human Rights Council, utilized for the purpose of pushing fake news and false Indian propaganda against Pakistan since 2005.

“The MEA’s tall claims have no legs to stand on the latest developments and international exposes have clearly shown that India is neither ‘responsible’ nor a ‘democracy’,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The Foreign Office said the government had already shared extensive and irrefutable evidence of India’s active planning, promoting, aiding, abetting, financing and executing terrorist activities in Pakistan.

“The report by EU DisinfoLab goes to further corroborate our long-held position about India’s incurable obsession with Pakistan and its unrelenting smear campaign against Pakistan,” it said.

The FO statement added: “We urge the UN Human Rights machinery, particularly the Human Rights Council (HRC), to take a serious look as to how a prestigious platform such as the HRC could be misused in such a manner against a member state.”

It said the relevant authorities in Switzerland and Belgium must investigate the finances and transparency of the relevant NGOs registered within their jurisdiction.

“We also reiterate our call that the EU authorities take full cognizance of this massive disinformation campaign against Pakistan and initiate steps to hold accountable those who misused their procedures and abused the European institutions,” it said.

The Foreign Office said for far too long, India had masqueraded itself as a ‘victim’ of terrorism.

“It was time that the world saw the reality of India as a state-sponsor of terrorism and a purveyor of anti-Pakistan propaganda globally,” it said.

“The latest revelations have established that no amount of Indian falsehoods can succeed in diverting attention from India’s unspeakable crimes in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and in misleading the world community,” it said.

The Foreign Office said while countering India’s state-terrorism and exposing its false narratives, Pakistan remained fully committed to supporting the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination as per the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.