Thursday, February 12, 2009
Pakistan Accepts India's Charges?
New York Times' Robert McKay has pointed out how the Indian media's news coverage has played fast and loose with the facts as it reported headline news blaring "Pakistan Accepts India's Charges" regarding Mumbai attacks.
Here's what McKay wrote on his blog:
The statement, made at a televised news conference by Rehman Malik, the senior security official in Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, was quickly reported by the Indian media. This report from the Indian news agency ANI, contains some of Mr. Malik’s remarks at the news conference on the Mumbai attacks (which started on Nov. 26, and are now called “26/11″ in the Indian press):
Mr. Malik was careful to mention that his government believes that the attacks were mainly planned in India, but the Indian media was far more interested in the acknowledged links to Pakistan.
After a graphic blaring “MUMBAI 26/11: MADE IN PAKISTAN,” a report by the Indian Broadcasting Network on Thursday began by framing the news this way: “Pakistan finally accepting India’s charges on the Mumbai attacks.” The full report can be read on the IBN Live Web site, or viewed in the (somewhat slow to load) video embedded below:
The coverage in the western media was distinctly different in words and tone from that of the Indian media. Here are some of the excerpts (Note the words "acknowledged" and "partly planned on its soil") :
Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan publicly acknowledged for the first time Thursday that last year's terrorist attack on Mumbai was partly planned on its soil and said it had arrested most of the key plotters, the clearest sign yet that Pakistan intends to cooperate with international efforts to prosecute those behind the attacks.
New York Times:
Pakistan acknowledged for the first time in public on Thursday that parts of the murderous Mumbai terror attacks were planned on its soil and said six new suspects were being held, including “the main operator.”
"Some part of the conspiracy has taken place in Pakistan," he told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
Regardless of the Indian media spin, or the accusations that Pakistanis caved under "pressure from Holbrooke, the Bulldozer", it is absolutely essential for Pakistan to pursue this investigation with sincerity and determination and ensure that any and all Pakistani perpetrators of this heinous crime in Mumbai are brought to justice. This is necessary to send a clear signal to the international community and any would-be terrorists that Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used for any attacks within or outside its territory. Pakistani government has to prove its seriousness in dealing with both domestic and international terror.
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