Friday Dec 11 2020

Geo News exposed India’s disinformation campaign against Pakistan in 2017

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LONDON: India's massive disinformation campaign against Pakistan through the use of different NGOs, fake protests, and websites was first exposed by Geo News three years ago.

In a 12-minute report aired on September 19, 2017,  Geo News — via Shahzeb Khanzada's show — revealed how the Indian government was paying for staged protests against Pakistan using hired students and how a full-fledged operation was being carried out against Pakistan.

The report stated how an anti-Pakistan blitz was being run on billboards, buses, rickshaws, websites, and how an army of paid volunteers was assigned to run this campaign to malign the country at a time when the 36th session of the UNHRC was underway.

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The investigation had established that the Indian mission in Geneva was controlling anti-Pakistan activities and the local Swiss administration had been paid heavy amounts in commercial deals for these campaigns across its public transport, road networks, and private business venues.

A similar investigative report has recently been launched by a European Union (EU) non-profit group (EU DisinfoLab) which found that India's Srivastava group had been involved in a 15-year-old operation targeting international institutions and serving Indian interests. Its main objective, however, was to target and defame Pakistan through fake news and fake campaigns.

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"It is the largest network we have exposed," said Alexandre Alaphilippe, executive director of EU DisinfoLab, which undertook the investigation.

The network was designed primarily to "discredit Pakistan internationally" and influence decision-making at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and European Parliament, the EU DisinfoLab said.

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