ISLAMABAD: When it comes to disinformation, no other country can beat Indians who excel in the art of fake news, and they try to do it with conviction, which may seem real in Bollywood movies, but the world real it falls flat.
The final episode, among many in the series, is the hype created by the Indian mainstream media about Pakistan’s involvement in the fall of Panjshir and how the international media sort fact from fiction and expose the false narrative of the Panjshir. ‘India. Acclaimed French media channel – France 24 has joined the group of international media now exposing fake news of operations in the Panjshir Valley, considered invincible territory in Afghanistan, and gained international fame as it fell into the hands of the Taliban without much resistance, like the rest of the country.
France 24 in its program Truth and False dissected the story invented by India accusing Pakistan of supporting the Taliban in Operation Panjshir and said Indian television showed footage from a video game, claiming that it was an activity of the Pakistani air force in Afghanistan. The footage was originally shown on Hasti TV, an Afghan channel based in the UK, while the highly regarded India Today broadcast a fake Tweet showing an image of a downed Pakistani plane. The 2018 image of the F-16 was that of the US Air Force during a training exercise in Arizona.
However, this was not the first time that Indian media deliberately spread misinformation about Pakistan in Afghanistan. Just days ago, The New York Times denounced a fake front-page photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has gone viral across the world as “fabricated.” entertainment for the Twitteritti who claimed Pakistani ISI officers were staying on the fifth floor of the Serena Hotel and his sources told him what food they ordered. The hilarious video sparked memes on social media showing an imaginary fifth floor on the otherwise three-story building.
Arnab Goswami, news anchor, managing director and editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network, owns and operates three channels, namely Republic TV in English, Republic Bharat in Hindi and Republic Bangla in Bengali. All of them are known to regularly produce similar anti-Pakistani narratives. The recent #SanctionPakistan trend was promoted and amplified on Twitter by some Afghan users, including politicians and journalists, and was immediately noticed by data analysts for being used in recent years by Indian accounts in the war. stories about the cyberworld. The trend has manifested itself again in recent weeks as the Taliban took control of the entire country in ten days, without spilling blood, as the corrupt government of Ashraf Ghani collapsed.
A TRT report cited Thomas Johnson, the author of ‘Taliban stories‘, who said; “There are some people who blame Pakistan for everything because it is very easy. I think the situation on the ground is much more complicated than that… “We must also look at the corruption of the government in Kabul and its lack of legitimacy. A huge Indian disinformation network was uncovered when the EU DisInfo Lab investigated a complaint and discovered how hundreds of fake media were producing unimaginable amounts of fake reports, interviews and other content.
The report noted that the disinformation network was primarily designed to “discredit Pakistan internationally” and also target China. The European NGO pointed out that the Indian ANI – which sees itself as South Asia’s leading multimedia news agency providing content to television, newspapers, digital platforms and mobile applications – has played a major role. in the disinformation network.
The EU’s DisinfoLab in its report referred to four elements of the operation, led by the Srivastava Group, a New Delhi-based entity of obscure provenance, the main one of which was the establishment of fake media in Europe and in the world. The “reporting” from these media was then picked up by Asian News International (ANI), an Indian mainstream news agency, and media networks in at least 97 countries to amplify anti-Pakistani and pro-Indian content.
A recent book by former head of research and analysis, Vikram Sood, details historical examples of how the Secret Service shapes global narratives, where Sood emphasizes the central role of the Central Intelligence Agency in this regard. during the Cold War. Pakistan has urged the United Nations, the European Union and the world at large on several occasions in the past to take note of the wide dissemination of disinformation networks peddling fake anti-Pakistani content through India and in the manner which had a negative impact on the perception of the international community. stakeholders and shape public opinion in the United States and the West regarding Pakistan.