NEW DELHI: After Islamabad claimed vindication over the EU DisInfoLab alleging a disinformation campaign by India, the government on Friday hit out at Pakistan saying disinformation is practised not by responsible democracies but those who have a record of sheltering international terrorists like Osama bin Laden.
“As a responsible democracy, India does not practise disinformation campaigns,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, responding to the claims by Pakistan.
“In fact, if you are looking at disinformation, the best example is the country next door which is circulating fictional and fabricated dossiers and purveys a regular stream of fake news. Disinformation is practised particularly by those who have records to hide such as sheltering international wanted terrorists including Osama bin Laden. And seek unsuccessfully to cover up their own tracks such as on the 26/ 11 Mumbai attack,” he added.
Islamabad had recently circulated a dossier claiming to provide “evidence” about India’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Reports from Islamabad said Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had appealed to the UN and EU to investigate the report, exposing a “15-year disinformation campaign” that he alleged was designed to serve India’s interests and discredit Pakistan.
“We also call on the United Nations to create processes that ensure that the international system is not manipulated through such influence operations,” he said. According to an AP report, the EU DisinfoLab report, entitled “Indian Chronicles’,’ did not explicitly attribute the campaign to the Indian government or its intelligence agencies.