Muhammd Serajuddin in Karachi
Propaganda warfare is an effective tool which is being used as an endeavor to subvert some sections of Pakistani society against the state. The common hybrid war methodology is being used for subverting Pakistani bloggers/journalists, human right activists against the state.
Its long history of left wing, people from NGO’s, Journalists, and so called human right activists that leave Pakistan and seek asylum abroad by projecting false allegation on Pakistan and its security forces on mainstream media. But their allegations without support of evidence have always rejected by UN and other reputed international organizations of the world.
In this context, linking of issues of missing persons, freedom of expression and free speech are also an attempt to facilitate left wing anarchists in Pakistan and diverting attention from across the border terrorism activities. Pakistan is the most misunderstood country in the world and the phenomenon of terrorism and religious extremism, arguably, is a leading factor in distorting its image on the global level.
But in reality Pakistan claims to be a front line state in the war on terror that has suffered the most in men and material.
Most of the anti-Pakistan paraphernalia is being prepared and distributed from outside Pakistan. So, it is very difficult to take any action against them. The foreign intelligence agencies from foreign land are doing all this to sponsor this fifth generation warfare against Pakistan.
The international media with its all-permeating power and unfettered global outreach is also feverishly engaged in maligning Pakistan and soiling its image among the comity of nations.
The Belgium-based non-governmental organization EU Disinfo Lab report says that it has found over 265 fake local news sites in more than 65 countries that are managed by one ‘Indian influence network’. These are behind anti-Pakistan propaganda globally. Under the prevailing circumstances it is absolutely essential for the government, besides relying on the state-to-state diplomacy, also accord top priority to the efforts to create a better understanding of Pakistan’s position and its image internationally.
In reality, Pakistan has a vibrant media landscape; among the most dynamic in South Asia. Majority of media in Pakistan is privately owned. Pakistan has around 300 privately owned daily newspapers and more than 100 private TV Channels compared to state owned 5 TV channels that show Pakistani media enjoys freedom of expression and free speech rights. Along with it, the emergence of an independent judiciary and a free media in Pakistan are indeed epoch making developments. Likewise the strides taken towards gender equality and empowerment of women are also very positive developments. According to Dawn (Pakistan’s leading newspaper), tourism in Pakistan has increased by 317% since 2014, a figure which is easy to believe, especially when you see the large number of travel influencers and content creators who have been promoting tourism in Pakistan recently.
Therefore and, inevitably, the internet is today filled with all sorts of opinions about traveling in Pakistan, some of them being particularly accurate, while others are poor and written by travelers who just spent a few days in the country, claiming that Pakistan is one of the safest countries in the world or that they felt very safe during their visit. In nutshell, the advocates of free speech have missed the more fundamental difference between freedom of expression as a human right and freedom of expression as a tool for violation of a nations’ sovereignty.
The key problem is confusing the two facets of freedom of speech and rather than fighting for Martin Luther King’s form of civil rights movement, the international pundits supported by their Pakistani so-called human rights activists have started to drawn comparisons of their struggle to universally acclaimed movements. In fact, Pakistan Army, the state organ, fighting the terrorists restored the writ and sovereignty of Pakistan. So in so it gave civilians the freedom to live their lives freely without any fear from the extremist laws set previously by terrorists. The constitution of a country is supreme and human rights struggles have to contain themselves to legal laws of the nation rather than breaching other fundamental rights and laws of the sovereign state.