VT Correspondent Asif Haroon reports on PTI's Fake News Vandalism in Pakistan


PTI’s Vandalism

by Asif Haroon Raja

Siasat.pk is Pakistan’s biggest digital social media platform in Canada spreading fake news. The other fake website titled Sadpara in Dubai was recently busted and it transpired that the fake news spreader against the army was a man and not a woman. The PTI handler apologized and promised to quit.

There are 570 fake websites of PTI operating in Pakistan and abroad and their sole job is to foment chaos in the country. A colossal amount is spent by the political party to run the media war and to organise hundreds of huge public meetings. The funds are received from abroad under various pretexts including SKH.

Many websites have been discovered and closed but many are still active whose fissiparous snipes are bolstered by several bloggers, VLog handlers sitting in Western countries and spewing venom against the govt, state institutions and the army senior officers in particular.

It is a result of a sustained electronic and social media war that instigated the militants in PTI and other misled indoctrinated people to go berserk on 9 May and destroy military installations with a vengeance.

70 police and other official vehicles were burnt, 150 policemen got injured, 14 official houses/buildings mostly of the army were torched by the mobs on one day. The civil buses and metro service were not spared.

Even after the vandalism on 9 May, rightly termed by the DG ISPR as a black day in the history of Pakistan, the emotionally charged-up PTI tigers have not given up. Main highways were blocked, metro service was suspended and most shops and schools remained closed.

The violent reaction was in accordance with the forewarning of the PTI leaders that the arrest of their top leader would mean crossing the red line and it wouldn’t be tolerated.

They continued attacking the military installations in Peshawar and other places yesterday and are making constant efforts to barge inside Isbd to free detained IK.

An attempt was made to besiege the house of DG NAB in DHA 2, but the crowd was dispersed. It is the same NAB when it was under the controversial retd justice Javed and controlled by dreaded Shehzad Akbar, which was in the best books of IK and was extensively used to gun down PML-N and PPP leaders including NS, SS and Zardari for 4 years.

The PTI mobs have taken the law into their own hands and want to have their way irrespective of the ruling of the IHC that the arrest of IK was legal. He is on 8 days of police remand.

IK has accepted receiving 190 pounds sterling from the UK, for which he is now required to give the money trail, and how the amount of Rs 60 billion was spent. He has been indicted in the Toshakhana case. These two cases and the foreign funding case appear to be open and shut cases.

Several audio and video clips are in circulation showing senior PTI leaders in Lahore, exhorting the PTI workers to rush to the Corps Comd house, and in one of the clips, an offender was heard saying that not even a flower pot was spared and everything smashed. Videos of the house, which is also known as Jinnah House, showed that it has been reduced to rubles and the household items stolen.

Attacks on the Corps Comds houses in Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, on Hamza Camp and other army installations, were aimed at provoking the army to take counter actions. That would have provided an excuse for the PTI to energise a civil war.

It is now crystal clear, the attacks on 9 May were not spontaneous but in accordance with a premeditated plan. The targets were preplanned.

It seems that the PTI has abandoned the political path and has chosen to start an armed resistance against the state.

The only regret of the offenders and their planners is why the army soldiers didn’t put up resistance and saved their army installations by firing on the attacking mobs.

What the conspirators and the instigators wanted was a few dead bodies so that the bogey of genocide could be chanted, to draw political mileage, to further tarnish the image of the army, to force the govt to immediately release IK, or to start an armed uprising.

In the papers of the PTI, Gen Asim Munir has become the most hated man since in their view IK couldn’t have been arrested without his approval.

The Army adopted a tactical restraint and accepted the material losses incurred to save human lives. Since the strength of the attackers was small, it became easier to identify each and every lawbreaker and to arrest them on the night of 9/10 May and on 10 May. More are being hauled up. So are the PTI prominent leaders like Asad Umar, Shah Qureshi and Fawad Ch. Ejaz Ch, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Murad Saeed, Afridi and some others are in the line.

The PTI which is the largest and the most popular political party in the country, seems to have deflected towards the paths of MQM under Altaf Hussain, the TLP, TTP, and BLA, and has virtually turned into a militant party that doesn’t respect the law of land, the constitution and the state institutions. The talk of banning the party is in circulation. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has made this demand.

Since the PTI has crossed all the red lines and created a grave security situation, the government has deployed Army and Rangers contingents in Punjab and KP under Article 145 to maintain law and order. It is intended to deal with the miscreants and their handlers and abettors stringently and to update their software. The DG ISPR has made it clear that no more softness would be shown to the ones involved in the destruction of state property.

The social media, u-tubers, bloggers and Twitter spewing venom and poisoning the minds of the people are being bottled up. The CM GB aligned with the PTI has been put under close surveillance.

The overall situation is grave and has reached a dangerous stage. It is expected that the government and the army tackle the difficult challenges deftly and sagaciously and pulls out the country of the choppy waters.


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