Reviews | How Pakistan Mounted the Hate India Campaign on Social Media

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Reviews | How Pakistan Mounted the Hate India Campaign on Social Media

Today I want to reveal how people sitting in Islamabad, Pakistan staged a malicious global hate campaign against India via social media on Tuesday. Their sole purpose was to defame India across the world. Planning was done in Islamabad and hate factories in Karachi and Rawalpindi were activated. The lie has been spread that Muslims in India face atrocities and massacres and are deprived of their basic rights. Lies have been spread about demolished mosques in India.

I have asked Indian TV reporters to thoroughly investigate the sources from which these lies have been broadcast. The first fact to emerge is that a 5pm IST deadline has been set to make #IndianMuslimsGenocide hashtag popular and trending within minutes on Twitter. Soon after, Pakistani agents stationed in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and other countries posted thousands of tweets defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ‘India.

There was another hashtag #IndianMuslimsUnderAttack which was also trending. Nearly 1.5 lakh tweets were posted on this hashtag. It was controlled from Pakistan, Turkey and some Gulf countries. Analyzes showed that 30% of tweets came from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia came second with 18.5%, followed by the Netherlands (8%), the United Arab Emirates (3.9%), Italy (3.6%), Germany (3.05%), Canada (2.09%), Great Britain (2.9 pc) and other countries (22.5 pc).

Let me review some of the tweets. A Babar Malik, claiming to be a journalist from Karachi, wrote on Twitter, “Welcome to the new Israel. The more you suppress us, the stronger we will be. Muslims, it is time to unite and fight against this Hindutva terrorism”. Using fake videos and stills, he also wrote, “In India, Muslims’ shops, homes, even mosques are being demolished or burned down. Now, where are these organizations today that claimed to stop terrorism and Islamophobia? »

Another Pakistani user named Farhan Qureshi from Rawalpindi used the hashtag #IndianMuslimsUnderAttack and tweeted “Endia is an animal farm”. Its spelling for India was Endia. There were thousands of tweets from Pakistani handlers lashing out at India under this hashtag, which quickly started to gain popularity. Most of these tweets were anti-Hindu, anti-Indian and filled with hatred towards India. Most of the tweets came from locations near Islamabad, Pakistan’s Federal Capital Territory, from where nearly 84% of Pakistanis tweeted Hate India comments.

Next is Turkey, from where thousands of anti-Indian tweets have been posted. A Twitter user named Aakhir Hashmi alleged in his tweet that Muslim religious shrines in India are not safer. Aakhir Hashmi is not an Indian, but a Turkish national, based in Istanbul. Another user from Istanbul wrote alleging that speakers in Indian mosques are being removed and Muslims are being subjected to atrocities. The reality on the ground is completely different. No loudspeaker has been removed from a mosque in India. Other tweets came from Ankara, the Turkish capital, and another Turkish city, Kirsehir.

One might ask, what are all these useless tweets for? The reality on the ground is a little different. These tweets came shortly after the end of the 2+2 dialogue between India and the United States in Washington, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked about human rights issues in India, based on these hot topics. Blinken told a press conference, “We are monitoring some recent developments regarding India, including an increase in human rights abuses by some government, police and prison officials.” He did not elaborate or elaborate on these abuses.

The fact is that no loudspeaker has been removed from a mosque in India, but people living outside India are peddling untruths, which others believe to be true. All this is done in a well-coordinated manner. The timing shows how anti-Indian forces attempt to discredit India, with a full fledged ecosystem that thrives on lies. Articles and columns against India are written in foreign newspapers and magazines.

US MPs are also used for this purpose. Chief among them is Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota senator, who on the eve of the virtual Biden-Modi summit called on the Biden administration to do more to confront Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the record of India on human rights.

A well-known Indian bait, Ilhan Omar, during his testimony before the House Foreign Relations Committee, compared Modi to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Ilhan Omar said: “One of the things that I think was a profound, moral and strategic mistake in the last Cold War was our support for brutal dictators in the name of having a common enemy…. I do not want to repeat these historic injustices. What worries me is that this time we seem willing to let Modi be our new Pinochet…I ask what about Mod in India? How do we promote a free and open region by supporting Modi? So I ask you, why has the Biden administration been so reluctant to criticize Modi’s government on human rights? ….. What must Modi do to the Muslim population of India before we stop seeing him as a partner in peace?

Ilhan Omar even used the word “genocide” in his remarks, and it quickly spread on social media as #IndianMuslimsGenocide. All this was not spontaneous. There was a carefully coordinated campaign behind this attack. From several verified Twitter handles, a photo was posted asking users to “storm Twitter with the hashtag #IndianMuslimsGenocideAlert”.

In India, the trend started at 5 p.m., while in the US, it started at 6:30 a.m. CST and 7:30 a.m. EST (US time). Soon it began to expand across the North American continent, including Canada and the United States. A similar campaign was launched when the anti-CAA movement was launched in India two years ago. Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s social media IT unit, said this was not the first time the Hate India campaign had been launched.

Last week, India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting blocked 36 YouTube channels, which were peddling false information about India and Modi. There were 28 Indian and eight Pakistani YouTube channels. These channels broadcast hate against India and fake news about Prime Minister Modi. Here are some examples of lies peddled by these channels: “India attacked Palestine”, “Muslim properties are seized in India”. Some of these YouTube channels have garnered 147 million views.

The main purpose of these channels is to tarnish India’s image internationally. On the one hand, Pakistani managers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi are mounting an anti-India campaign, and on the other, their new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offers a hand of friendship to India. If it is the style to offer friendship, it would be better to have enmity rather than friendship with Pakistan.

These are anti-Indian forces that promote “tukde, tukde” gangs inside India under the guise of opposing Modi, and create tension between Hindus and Muslims. It is a carefully planned conspiracy, and we in India must be careful.

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