The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) have rejected rumours on social media regarding an alleged failure of a Pakistan-moved resolution on Kashmir at the United Nations. The rumours said Pakistan lost a resolution on Kashmir to India by 16 votes.
A screen shot of fake news circulating on social media
The supposed ‘news’ further said that Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia also voted in favour of India instead of Pakistan.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan rejected the messages as an attempt to undermine Pakistan’s diplomatic campaign in Geneva, highlighting Indian atrocities in Indian-held Kashmir.
A press release by the Foreign Office clarified that instead that the Geneva campaign was a success where a cross regional group of more than 50 countries demanded India to immediately life curfew in Indian held Kashmir and end use of force including the infamous pellet guns. The statement further clarified that Pakistan never intended to table such a resolution at the Human Rights Council, as is being alleged in fake social media posts, but rather relied on the joint statement being referenced above.
The alleged propaganda went on while the Prime Minister of Pakistan is in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 27, 2019. He is there to present the case of Kashmir to the world as one of the biggest humanitarian crisis of the recent times.
Such fake propaganda can not only undermine Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts but also affect Pakistan’s relations with its key allies.