Pakistan’s telecom regulator approaches Twitter after false Indian claims of 'civil war' in Karachi

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Updated 22 October 2020

Pakistan’s telecom regulator approaches Twitter after false Indian claims of 'civil war' in Karachi

  • Leading media outlets in India used the social networking website to disseminate fabricated stories about clashes in Karachi
  • Twitter verified accounts were used to spread the fake news, making Pakistani authorities ask the social media giant to act against them

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) approached the Twitter management on Thursday, asking the social media giant not to allow users to spread fake information for propaganda purposes.
“In the wake of current smear campaign of spreading false and baseless information targeting Pakistan, its cities and institutions,” said an official handout, “PTA has stressed upon Twitter to effectively block handles involved in the campaign.”
The country released the statement after some Indian news networks falsely claimed that clashes had erupted between the Pakistan Army and Sindh Police in the country’s most densely populated city of Karachi.
The story was fabricated by some of the leading media outlets across the border, who claimed that a “civil war” was raging in Pakistan before disseminating the misleading story through social media platforms.
While Pakistani Twitter users mocked the Indian media, South Asia watchers were alarmed by the development.

 

 

Pakistani politicians also expressed their displeasure at the development, condemning the Indian media for its devious reporting.

 

 

In its official statement issued on Thursday, the PTA expressed its “disappointment” that a “number of accounts involved in propagation of untrue stories” were “Twitter verified.”
“However, they are still operating with immunity,” the statement added. “PTA has asked the platform to take immediate action against such accounts as per its guidelines and policies.”


In 'very good relationship' with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan PM says

Updated 29 November 2020

In 'very good relationship' with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan PM says

  • Speaking to local media, PM Khan said Pakistan was excellently placed in terms of foreign policy
  • Khan has made five state visits to Saudi Arabia in two years

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he had a “very good” relationship with Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an interview with local media on Saturday. 

Khan, speaking to journalist Mansoor Ali Khan, said any rumors regarding frays in Pakistan’s relationship with Saudi Arabia were inaccurate.

“I have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia ... a very good relationship with MBS,” Khan said, referring to the crown prince.

The Prime Minister went on to say that Pakistan was excellently placed in terms of foreign policy and had strong relationships with all other countries -- from China to the US.

“Instead of saying ‘do more,’ now America releases statements praising the great job we’ve done during the Afghan peace process and intra-Afghan dialogue.”

“I challenge anyone to find another moment when Pakistan was better placed in foreign policy terms,” Khan said.

PM Khan has made five trips to Saudi Arabia in two years. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman also made a two-day visit to Islamabad in February 2019.