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Hypocrisy of Pakistani Propaganda

The Pakistan government works in tandem with terrorist forces and helps whitewash their actions. It is perhaps time that the Pakistani establishment realised that no one is buying their hypocrisy, not even their own citizens.

Dilawar Singh
27 October 2021

On the last day of January, Pakistani newspapers carried a report of how the Indian Army had allegedly martyred five innocent Kashmiri youth. The Pakistan Foreign Office declared that Pakistan strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of five Kashmiris in Pulwama and Budgam in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It was a common refrain about innocents getting butchered by Indian security forces in the Kashmir Valley.

The Foreign Office spokesperson went on to claim that the “wanton killings” in Kashmir were because of the Hindutva forces in India who wanted to carry out a genocide in the Valley. “The international community must act to stop this wanton oppression and persecution of the besieged Kashmiris under illegal occupation. We also reject and condemn the Indian officials’ lies insinuating the killing of an alleged “Pakistani” resistance fighter,” the spokesman added.

The show of outrage was astounding to say the least. For, the reality was far from the one depicted by Pakistan. What really occurred that day was a classic counter terrorism operation that began with an anonymous phone call tipping the local police about the presence of armed terrorists at a house in Naira village in Pulwama district. The police along with specialist anti-terrorism para-military personnel reacted swiftly by surrounding the suspected house. A gunfight ensued and four terrorists holed up inside the houses was killed. Among them was a most wanted terrorist Zahid Manzoor Wani who had become notorious for recruiting local Kashmiri youth for his outifit Jaish-e-Muhammad, which is headquartered in Pakistan and run by an internationally wanted terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar.

Wani was an expert in preparing and setting of improvised explosive devices with which he had killed or maimed many. He was also his organisation’s local commander. He was the local face of the Jaish terrorist outfit which has been operating in the Kashmir Valley for more than two decades.

On 13 December 2001, the Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out a terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi. The attack failed but several Indian security personnel were killed. The outfit was banned by the Indian government. The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, in a notification on December 26, 2001, designated the outfit as a foreign terrorist organisation.

Kashmir’s police chief told reporters the next day: “We had launched two separate operations on the basis of inputs about the presence of militants in these areas last night. Five militants, including JeM commander, Zahid Wani, and a Pakistani national, Kafeel, were killed.”

The Hindustan Times newspaper reported: “The other three terrorists killed in the Pulwama encounter have been identified as Waheed Ah Reshi, a resident of Khadarmuh, Inayaitullah Mir, a resident of Naira where the operation took place, and Kafil aka Chotu, a Pakistan-based terrorist. Another terrorist working for Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and local The Resistance Front (TRF) was killed in a separate encounter in the Charar-i-Sharief area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.” They were all armed to the teeth and fought back when trapped.

These clearly were not the innocents the Pakistan Foreign Office claimed they were. These were hardcore killers, all sponsored by Pakistan and Pakistan based terrorist organisations. This incident highlights the hypocrisy of Pakistani official propaganda. It shows that the Pakistan government works in tandem with terrorist forces and helps whitewash their actions.

Worst is the constant outpouring of constant deceit and duplicity. The Pakistani establishment has drifted so far away from reality into the myth of its own creation that it can no longer distinguish the reality. Even today it continues to harangue international bodies against India where no one pays them any heed and day after day exhorts its own citizens to hate India and rant against the supposed occupation of Kashmir. Another example of this is the Kashmir Solidarity Day charade hoisted every 5 February by the Pakistani establishment. It is perhaps time that the Pakistani establishment realised that no one is buying their hypocrisy, not even their own citizens.

4 February 2022