MEA’s remarks came after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused India of “subversive activities” through bogus media organizations, citing an EU NGO report
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New Delhi: India on Friday criticized Pakistan for its accusations that New Delhi was spreading disinformation, saying the best example of this is the “country next door which circulates fictitious and fabricated files and disseminates a steady stream of fake new”.
Responding to questions about Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan citing a report from an EU disinformation lab accusing India of subversive activity through bogus media and similar allegations by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said that as a responsible democracy India does not practice disinformation campaigns.
“In fact, if you look at the disinformation, the best example is the country next door which circulates fictitious and fabricated files and provides a steady stream of fake news,” he said at a conference. press online.
Disinformation is practiced in particular by those with files to hide, such as harboring wanted international terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, and unsuccessfully seeking to cover their tracks, as in the 11/26 attacks in Mumbai, Srivastava said. , hitting Pakistan.
Asked about Pakistani media reports citing anonymous sources saying India is planning false flag operations, the MEA spokesman said the best example of a country practicing disinformation is the neighboring country.
“Our position in this matter and the facts on the ground are well known, I do not want to honor such propaganda by responding to it,” he said.
When asked about Foreign Minister S Jaishankar recently announcing at the Geneva donors’ conference that India will build the Shahtoot dam, Srivstava said the minister announced that India and Afghanistan have entered into a deal on the dam.
The agreement is expected to be signed shortly, he added.
Asked about the date of the Nepalese foreign minister’s visit to India, Srivastava said he is expected to be in India shortly for the next joint committee meeting, but the dates have not yet been set.