Pakistan PM annoyed by news of TV anchor going on strike

ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday reacted sharply to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive, suggesting a 2019 Indian air strike inside Pakistan , Which was again designed to increase the chances of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Election.

Imran Khan took to Twitter to respond to Indian media reports of an exchange on WhatsApp messaging service between popular Indian TV anchor Arnab Goswami and former head of TV ratings company Partho Dasgupta.

A text exchange purportedly written three days before the airstrip suggests that Goswami had prior knowledge of the attack and was created to increase support for Modi in his re-election bid in the pending parliamentary elections.

Goswami, a firebrand anchor who is the co-owner and chief editor of Indian Republic TV, is known for supporting Modi and his nationalist policies.

According to the WhatsApp chat transcript, Goswami wrote to Dasgupta three days before the February 26, 2019 airstrike, “something big will happen” and “the government is confident of attacking Pakistan in such a way that the people will perish.”

Dasgupta said that Goswami’s attack on Pakistan would give Modi a “broad majority” in the upcoming general election. Subsequently, in May 2019, Modi won a landslide victory in Parliament to give back-to-back prominence to his Hindu nationalist party.

The scripts of the alleged text exchange seen by the Associated Press were filed by the Mumbai Police as part of a supplementary charge sheet in a separate case related to manipulation of TV ratings.

Neither Dasgupta nor Goswami were available for comment on Monday. But Goswami’s Republic TV released a statement alleging that the Pakistani government was conspiring against his station.

After an airstrike on Pakistan in February 2019, a suicide blast occurred in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir that month, killing more than 40 Indian soldiers. India blamed Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility.

Although Pakistan detained the leaders of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Modi government launched a night air strike in the Pakistani city of Balakot, saying it was a militant camp. Pakistan said that Indian warplanes dropped bombs in a forested area, causing no casualties.

Pakistan responded by shooting down an Indian combat aircraft in Kashmir and capturing its pilot, which was later released to ease tensions between neighboring countries.

Khan alleged in a speech to the UN in 2019 that Modi used the air strike “for domestic electoral gains.”

On Monday, in a series of tweets, Khan urged the world community to stop India from its reckless, militaristic agenda before the Modi government’s brittleness pushes our region into a conflict it cannot control.

(A) The latest revelation from an Indian journalist’s communication, known for its warming, reveals the unholy connivance between the Modi government and the Indian media as a result of the consequences of destabilizing a dangerous military adventurism. The chaos was led to winning the election. The entire region, ”he said.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have accused each other of unprovoked attacks along the tense Kashmir border in violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement. Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed rivals, and both claim it in its entirety. He has fought two wars on the region since independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

The text exchange controversy also drew criticism from India’s opposition, who demanded a reply from Modi.

The opposition Congress Party said the text exchange between the two individuals raised serious questions over India’s national security. The party tweeted on Monday, “(Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party) government has betrayed our country by informing the so-called journalist about national security.”

Congress party MP Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday, “a serious investigation” is needed by the Modi government to leak military secrets on a TV channel for its commercial purposes. “We all hope that evidence of its complicity in betrayal will not be provided,” Tharoor wrote on Twitter.


Salik reported from New Delhi.

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