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Propaganda reaching borderline con artistry

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

The BBC published a report titled “Uncovering Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses”. It makes the case for Pakistan Army’s alleged role in killing innocent civilians in Pakistan’s tribal areas, in cahoots with the Taliban. The common factor in all the stories highlighted in the report is that all victims are allegedly the victims of Pakistan Army’s atrocious behaviour. The report attempts to appear credible by using language such as, “The BBC has gained rare access to some of the victims [of war on terror].” A truth telling BBC would have said the following: The BBC has chosen to gain access to the only victims it finds worthy of its attention in order to further a slanted narrative it is interested in furthering.

The report is the quintessential ancient western playbook. The tactic involves feeling sad for fake victims of the atrocities of a state the West doesn’t like. Elevating such worthy victims........

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