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EXPOSED: How India spread anti-Pakistan propaganda within EU institutions in last 15 years

EU Disinfo Lab reveals how a massive 15-year influence operation, ‘Indian Chronicles’, successfully targeted the EU & UN with 750+ fake local media and 10+ zombie-NGOs.

Web Desk 11:43 PM | 9 Dec, 2020
EXPOSED: How India spread anti-Pakistan propaganda within EU institutions in last 15 years

ISLAMABAD – Researchers have uncovered a global network of fake websites and NGOs being run from India for 15 years in Brussels and Geneva to malign Pakistan and other enemy Asian countries. 

EU Disinfo Lab’s hectic campaign, dubbed as “Indian Chronicles,” reveals how India resurrected dead media, dead think-tanks and NGOs and dead people for its vested interests. 

The nefarious operation led by the New-Delhi based business association, Srivastava Group, and amplified by ANI, a leading Indian news agency, began in 2005 and is still ongoing at this date, said the researchers.

The development comes following an investigation held last year into Indian disinformation operations in which it unearthed that the Srivastava Group had been spearheading a network of 265 fake media in 65 countries, including EP Today, a fake European Parliament online magazine active in Brussels since 2006. 

The fake publication, investigators say, served as a ‘honeypot’ for Members of European Parliament (MEPs) and other politicians to publish their opinions particularly that served Indian interests in the EU.

Earlier this year, EU Disinfo Lab again launched the probe after stumbling upon “an entire network of coordinated UN-accredited NGOs promoting Indian interests and criticizing Pakistan repeatedly.”

This probe ended up in the discovery of a fake media organisation in Brussels – EU Chronicle, which was working in lines of the EP Today. 

The network is used in India to reinforce pro-Indian and anti-Pakistan (and anti-Chinese) feelings while internationally, it is used to consolidate the power and improve the perception of India, to damage the reputation of other countries in order to get support from the EU and the UN.

For this purposes, the network supports minority and human rights NGOs and think-tanks, besides using MEPs to create a mirage of institutional support from European institutions to these minority groups, in favour of Indian interests and against Pakistan (and China).

It has an active presence in Geneva and the United Nations’ Human Rights Council by holding side-events and demonstrations in support of minority rights, said the researchers.

The strategy of the Indian network also include the creation of fake media in Brussels, Geneva and across the world and/or the repackaging and dissemination via ANI and obscure local media networks – at least in 97 countries – to multiply the repetition of online negative content about countries in conflict with India, in particular Pakistan.

“We uncovered an entire network of coordinated UN-accredited NGOs promoting Indian interests and criticizing Pakistan repeatedly. We could tie at least 10 of them directly to the Srivastava family, with several other dubious NGOs pushing the same messages,” EU Disinfo Lab said.

The researchers have called for sufficient measures to counter such widespread and coordinated disinformation campaigns such as the one outlined in Indian Chronicles.

“It is also our belief that the possibility for malicious actors to abuse search engines by reproducing the same content hundreds of times should also be challenged,” the investigator recommended.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.1 271.6
Euro EUR 298.27 298.87
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335.5 336.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 206,200 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,790.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 206,200 PKR 2,420

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