Pakistani media: Fake WikiLeaks cables attacking India published

Published: December 10, 2010
The Express Tribune, among some sections of the press, published the report.

The Express Tribune, among some sections of the press, published the report.

In the December 9 edition of The Express Tribune, a report was published on page 8 under the caption “WikiLeaks: What US officials think about the Indian Army”. It now transpires that the story, which was run by a news agency, Online, was not authentic.

The Express Tribune deeply regrets publishing this story without due verification and apologises profusely for any inconvenience caused to our valued readers.

UK-based newspaper Guardian published a report on this issue, which is being printed for our readers.

The Guardian story

Citing the WikiLeaks cables, major Pakistani newspapers this morning carried stories that purported to detail eye-popping American assessments of India’s military and civilian leaders.

According to the reports, US diplomats described senior Indian generals as vain, egotistical and genocidal; they said India’s government is secretly allied with Hindu fundamentalists; and they claimed Indian spies are covertly supporting militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt and Balochistan.

“Enough evidence of Indian involvement in Waziristan, Balochistan,” read the front-page story in The News; an almost identical story appeared in the Urdu-language Jang.

If accurate, the disclosures would confirm the worst fears of Pakistani nationalist hawks and threaten relations between Washington and New Delhi. But they are not accurate.

An extensive search of  the WikiLeaks database by the Guardian by date, name and keyword failed to locate any of the incendiary allegations. It suggests this is the first case of WikiLeaks being exploited for propaganda purposes.

The controversial claims, published in four Pakistani national papers, were credited to the Online Agency, an Islamabad-based news service that has frequently run pro-army stories in the past. No journalist is bylined.

Shaheen Sehbai, group editor at The News, described the story as “agencies’ copy” and said he would investigate its origins.

The incident fits in with the wider Pakistani reaction to WikiLeaks since the first cables emerged.

In the West, reports have focused on US worries for the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile, or the army’s support for Islamist militants such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the Mumbai attack.

But Pakistan’s media has given a wide berth to stories casting the military in a negative light, focusing instead on the foibles of the country’s notoriously weak politicians.

Editors have pushed stories that focus on president Asif Ali Zardari’s preoccupation with his death, prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s secret support for CIA drone strikes and tales of a bearded religious firebrand cosying up to the US ambassador.

Among ordinary citizens, the coverage has hardened perceptions that Pakistani leaders are in thrall to American power.

Pakistan has become “the world’s biggest banana republic”, wrote retired diplomat Asif Ezdi last week.

Military and political leaders, portrayed as dangerously divided in the cables, have banded together to downplay the assessment. “Don’t trust WikiLeaks,” Gilani told reporters in Kabul last weekend. Beside him president Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, also tarred in the dispatches, nodded solemnly.

On Saturday the army, having stayed silent all week, denied claims that army chief General Ashfaq Kayani “distrusted” the opposition leader Nawaz Sharif. Kayani “holds all political leaders in esteem”, a spokesman said.

Meanwhile conspiracy theorists, including some journalists, insist Washington secretly leaked the cables in an effort to discredit the Muslim world; the Saudi ambassador described them as propaganda.

But senior judges favour their publication. Dismissing an attempt to block WikiLeaks last week, justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said the cables “may cause trouble for some personalities” but would be “good for the progress of the nation in the long run”.

The lopsided media coverage highlights the strong influence of Pakistan’s army over an otherwise vigorous free press.

This morning’s stories disparaging Indian generals – one is said to be “rather a geek”, another to be responsible for “genocide” and compared to Slobodan Milosevic – is counterbalanced by accounts of gushing American praise for Pakistan’s top generals.

The actual WikiLeaks cables carry a more nuanced portraits of a close, if often uneasy, relationship between the US and Pakistan’s military.

But the real cables do contain allegations of Indian support for Baloch separatists, largely sourced to British intelligence assessments. Pakistan’s press is generally cautious in reporting about its own army. But some internet commentators said the latest WikiLeaks story was a bridge too far.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (85)

  • MQ
    Dec 10, 2010 - 9:49AM

    Trouble makers will always exploit scenarios such as the one created by the Wikileaks expose. It is troubling however to note that news which could have been verified easily by searching the on the Wikileaks and related websites still found its way into respectable mainstream papers just because a (dubious?) agency put it out. Recommend

  • abaabeel
    Dec 10, 2010 - 9:52AM

    wow…should it be considered as a sign of military-media nexus?Recommend

  • RR
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:06AM

    hahahaha! the ISI does it again! Allright…!Recommend

  • Ajaz
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:10AM

    We are facing image problem. Such fake news are steps towards international isolation.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:13AM

    Hardly anything surprising in this.

    Jang and Geo are pro – Amry and anti-politicians, although they dubiously keep claiming to be promoters of democracy.

    The politicians of Pakistan shall learn to behave themselves and the Generals need to stay in their “Auqaat”Recommend

  • Arachnid
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:25AM

    Well done, Express Tribune, for publishing a correction. Newspapers in Pakistan tend not to admit such mistakes, but doing so not only strengthens the paper’s bond with readers but also ensures transparency and credibility. Everyone makes mistakes, but I only respect publications that admit them.Recommend

  • Raju
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:53AM

    Well done E. T. for publishing truth in such a humble way You are the only true source of a balanced news from PAK Keep it up Looking forward to some great, independent and unbiased news and truth cracking editorials from youRecommend

  • Kabir
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:10AM

    ET; you went up in my esteem. You made amends in a graceful manner! Bravo!Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:18AM

    @raju: “Looking forward to some great, independent and unbiased news and truth cracking editorials from you”

    I second that. ET is a first class newspaper.

    I also came across – is this guy sane ?Recommend

  • vasan
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:21AM

    Excellent. The regret for the false news published in ET reminds me of The Hindu, the South INdian ethical news paper. Now your bloggers must realize why Indians read this site and write their comments. I appreciate Dawn also for a similar article. I sincerely hope that this is not labelled as yet another “RAW/Mossad/CIA Conspiray” attributed to the “invisible foreign hand”Recommend

  • Rana Umair
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:22AM

    This is the single reason why Express tribune is becoming such a good news agency. Honesty and unbiased news articles is what pakistan needs today not some groups like GEO that simply focus on derailing a government chose by voters (no matter how incompetent they are). I really appreciate the honesty and integrity and suggest that the express tribune should keep on criticizing the government and giving it the due appreciation at the same time when it deserves. One of our major problems is that we tend to call our government PPP government when we should say its a Pakistani government. We dont tend to get out of the electoral procedure and PPP loyalists consider PML n as an enemy and PML n considers PPP as an enemy. While political maturity has greatly been demonstrated by Nawaz Sharif (since he didnt try to derail the government and democracy, especially when he has had so many opportunities), PPP should demonstrate the same. After all, we are all Pakistanis and we “should” want the best for our country.Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 11:28AM

    Well done ET for the correction.Recommend

  • Raj
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:28AM

    Ajaz wrote: We are facing image problem. Such fake news are steps towards international isolation.

    I think you shouldn’t worry too much about what others think of you. Best to focus on thinking and doing the right things should be enough.Recommend

  • Adi
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:36AM

    hahahahha…media got fooled..they thought they were the smartest specie…be careful next time fools!Recommend

  • KNS
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:38AM

    Pakistani agencies are too much! I mean to belittle wiki leaks they have concocted this story, awesome brain! Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 11:45AM

    This is the benefit of being connected with the rest of the world. You can’t just get away with wrongdoing. You will be caught…red handed! Mistakes happen and I really appreciate admitting it…it proves your honesty & integrity. I guess, unlike in ’60s & 70s, Pak generals are having a tough time in publishing false/fake propaganda now… Recommend

  • Sengathir
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:49AM

    Well done, it takes lot of guts to say sorry for the mistake, which is clearly not available with many Indian media..Recommend

  • faraz
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:59AM

    It also gives an idea about the level of IQ of our military establishment’s propaganda wing. Recommend

  • Abhi
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:03PM

    Good job by Tribute to show the reality.Recommend

  • Amandeep
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:04PM

    We appreciate Tribune for boldly acknowledging errors and remaining legitimate.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:19PM

    Its no surprise – you generally get a lot of things wrong. This correction was only posted because it was highlighted by the Guardian, otherwise you generally try to cover up previous errors. Recommend

  • Bakra
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:38PM

    We stupid pakistanis should continue to spread false propaganda against India.Recommend

  • Jay S
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:41PM

    The ‘source’ of the news should have been the first clue towards its fraudulent origins. The websites that carried the ‘leaks’ are known to be connected to Pakistani intelligence agencies. At least The Tribune published a retraction. The other ‘leading’ dailies just took the news down and pretended they never published it :-)Recommend

  • Kamran
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:44PM

    Thanks ET. You rock!Recommend

  • Jay S
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:48PM

    Does the ISI seriously think that such antics will lift Pakistan’s image and bring down India’s? Pakistan already has a BIG credibility problem. I don’t think even Somalia and Ethiopia can boast of people of this calibre at the helm of affairs.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:53PM

    Appreciate the correctionRecommend

  • Sanjeev Kulkrni
    Dec 10, 2010 - 12:57PM

    Munni Badnaam Hui!
    Hai wikileaks tere liye!!.

    On serious note: Very gracious of Tribune to publish apology! Recommend

  • IZ
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:13PM

    I don’t understand why our “intelligence” agencies do this – it shows an extreme disrespect for the Pakistani public and embarrasses the country before the whole world. Honestly can there be any doubting that the nation as a whole and the army in particular would be better off without these jokers?Recommend

  • AJAY
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:15PM

    Great…accepting mistake.Here in India Barkha still insist she is ruler.Recommend

  • santosh satpathy
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:20PM

    The tribune missed the LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE GURDIAN ARTICLE which goes like this

    “Noting that the story was bylined to “agencies” – a term that in Pakistan means both a news agency and a spy outfit – the blogger Cafe Pyala asked: “How stupid do the ‘Agencies’ really think Pakistanis are?”Recommend

  • bvindh
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:32PM

    man! even wikileaks are faked in pakistan.
    one wonders if all the conspiracy theories and fabricated news are eliminated , pakistan will cease to exist!Recommend

  • Alvi
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:47PM

    Assange’s got competition…PAKILINKS!Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:49PM

    I apprecite express tribune for the bluntly honest article. Im glad to see such

    Im from india but do hope thatt someday well be able to coexist in peace. I guess noone but our rheoterical leaders benefit from keeping us apart. Recommend

  • KLM
    Dec 10, 2010 - 1:57PM

    Some of Anti Indian elements are trying to take advantage of the situation, people of pakistan have to very carefull, Recommend

  • Muzammil
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:10PM

    Lesson learned for E.T.I dont expect sanity and responsibility from Jang group but I hope ET will be more careful next time around. Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 2:13PM

    It was interesting how this story played out on television. I watched the ‘breaking’ news on one Pakistani channel. The lady began with ‘so finally wikileaks has published news about india’. The lady then had Hamid Gul – the ex-ISI man on air and he opened by saying that nothing reported was surprising.

    The comments in the fake wikileaks on the generals surpassed anything said on anyone around the world and only for that I would have doubted the story.

    While I think the Pakistani newspapers have done a great job – thank you – I believe the damage is done. The army PR is not so concerned about international egg on the face – it wants to keep reinforcing the general anti–India mantras to the aam aadmi in Pakistan who will think “Ok so what if that news was fake – does not mean content is fake.” There is a comment by Shiv Shankar Menon in the true wikileaks where he says he was rebuffed by Musharraf when menon tried explaining the Indian involvement in Afghanistan to assure him that there was no anti-pakistan element in it. The generals are not interested in the truth. And the people want desperately to believe their (generals) version of the story.Recommend

  • Karan
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:17PM

    I don’t understand why India & Pakistan can unite again and again become the greatest power like it use to.

    We have same culture, similar language yet we fight like DOGS!!

    Its high time that we stop trusting our corrupt media and even more corrupt government. Recommend

  • Subbu Jois
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:23PM

    Such “imaginative” reporting will only discredit Pak further. ‘Remember the story crying Wolf!? It wont be long before entire press is discredited along with the Pak Polity and Army. Pak needs to wake and get real. It appears that Pak Army has taken a leaf out of Goebbels Propaganda theory – “If you repeat a lie a million times, it becomes the accepted truth”. Recommend

  • Alex
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:28PM

    Nice to see Pak media was responsible enough to retract on this.Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:29PM

    Urs is one of the most credible and world class newspaper in pakistan.
    We reallt appreciate ur honesty and integrity.Keep it up !Recommend

  • Kamran Baba
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:39PM

    Atleast Express has guts and decency to admit their mistakes. kudos to you guys.

    i hope in the future any media outlet will double check and cross verify and news item that may affect relations between two countries.Recommend

  • Chandrakant
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:43PM

    If there are more people like you guys who admit there mistake honestly…. forget about border dispute between India and Pakistan …. there will be no need of any borders in the world. Hope you keep and spread the spirit!Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 3:16PM

    Shukreya Express Tribune for clarifying. Your quick acceptance and publication of the same is encouraging. It shows that your publication is a responsible member of the fourth estate.Recommend

  • Sikh
    Dec 10, 2010 - 4:39PM

    I hope that Pakistan one day will appreciate that India is not a Hindu-Nation but a secular. No system in the world is perfect. The Indian secularity, in general, should be accepted. India has shown the world that any Sikh/Muslim can rise to Prime-minister/President in the current political system of India. I donot know why Pakistan’s media tries to project India an anti-islam nation????????????????????????Recommend

  • Samyak Gowda
    Dec 10, 2010 - 4:49PM

    This is OK.

    What about hundreds of thousands of conspiracy theories that float around in Pakistan including such news sites?Recommend

  • nibin
    Dec 10, 2010 - 7:02PM

    i appreciate your sincerity .. keep it up.
    think twice before publishing such articles especially inflammable things.Please don’t keep anti indian agenda in your words.. .Recommend

  • Kamil Bangash
    Dec 10, 2010 - 7:16PM

    The mistake will actually be rectified if the newspapers expose the ones who planted these ‘stories’ in the first place. Let us see if this is done. Failing that, we would be correct in believing that our media is in cahoots with the military. There is already a lot of propaganda to that effect. Recommend

  • A Shock
    Dec 10, 2010 - 7:41PM

    Pakistan On Line News Agency Badnam hui, ISI key liye.Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 8:08PM

    I actually respect you guys more after reading this. When I read the fake news, I was like, okay, here they go again….. nothing better to do…..

    You guys shouldn’t depend on other sources for news. Just read the cables directly, or trust sources like Guardian and all.Recommend

  • harkol
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:23PM

    Sad that some want to use a brave effort of wikileaks for dirty works of propaganda.

    However, the curious part remains the British intelligence assessment that India is supporting Balochi seperatists. Assuming it is true, and assuming such support is in arming and funding seperatist, India would’ve then chosen to follow what Pakistan has been doing for years, and in the process stoop to Pakistan’s level of conducting statecraft! It is very sad.

    I suppose Indian Leaders were convinced by some in the army that this is a wise action to make Pakistan pay a price for its support of terrorists – They’re entirely wrong. Even if they succeed in carving out Balochistan out of Pakistan, Such actions typically lead to a blowback as so many times in the past have shown.

    However, there is one precedence – Bangladesh, where India didn’t have much blowback, except huge number of immigrants.Recommend

  • Dec 10, 2010 - 10:30PM

    shame. shane. shame. i’m ajournalist. i was lowe the express tribunewebsite as a journalist. real journalisim are not nationalist, but humenist and working for common men. AB KABHI BHAROSA NAHIN KARUNGA the express news K NEWS PAR…yaar, main roz the express tribune website aur newspaper padhta tha aur uski khabar facebook, twitter k friends k sath banta tha…BUT AB BHAROSA TOOT GAYA. BYE.RAM-RAM, KHUDA HAFIZ, SAT SHRI AKAL.Recommend

  • waheed rahim
    Dec 10, 2010 - 10:46PM

    Every step of Pakistan taking its credibility downward.Out of 62 years half destroyer by Army Generals the remaining by un capable rulers,parties.India is a responsible country as compare to Pakistan.the only bad India has is Shevsina ( baltakre).Recommend

  • danish
    Dec 10, 2010 - 11:57PM

    In the media business it seems that it is sometimes more important to be first than to be right, and ET got this story completely wrong. ET should have carried out a proper investigation of whether the news report issuing from “agencies” referred to news wires or the other kind of agencies that run amok in Pakistan. Having said that, ET has only proved its credibility and professionalism by issuing a retraction – something rarely if ever done in the Pakistani media. It has also proved why it is quickly becoming one of the most reliable newspapers in the country. Keep up the good work. Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 11, 2010 - 12:09AM

    I don’t think the fake news was targeted at anybody who read this apology; but the poor people in Pakistan who depend on the local media for the news. Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Dec 11, 2010 - 1:29AM

    Something seriously wrong here, is the Nation being funny ?

    From editorial –

  • Maulana Diesel
    Dec 11, 2010 - 3:31AM

    good work ET! I am impressed. Recommend

  • sandy
    Dec 11, 2010 - 4:05AM

    Everyone makes mistakes. It is only the few who have the courage to acknowledge & apologize for them that are the true champions! Thank you. The media that we have today in India could take a few lessons from you.Recommend

  • Parvez Mahmud
    Dec 11, 2010 - 4:55AM

    Sorry ET that you got into this soup. Daily Mail the original publisher is standing by their story.
    They think that you are in mood of appeasing India. Can you do some independent sourcing like state department or Dilli as to this topic. You can’t escape by being a wimp.Recommend

  • Aqbal
    Dec 11, 2010 - 7:23AM

    Overseas, we are amused, and saddened at the same time – watching Pakistan is a bit like watching ‘Mr Bean’ – funny and often sad?.
    Pakistanis, particularly the military, must find a reason to live for other than ‘Hate India’. The military can take on the a new useful role of building the country’s infrastructure – roads, hospitals and schools. Much to be done with the budget.
    Science, Maths and in ENGLISH need to be taught in every school. Let us start dealing with reality instead of fiction and non-factual ‘after-life’ promises that most our population is unfortunately brain-washed with.
    We know what the Arab King thinks about our elected President, and our countrymen.Recommend

  • eleena
    Dec 11, 2010 - 8:43AM

    reply to sikh
    Why pakistan media and leaders project india as an anti islamic nation, a hindu nation?
    it is very clear if india is secular and muslims can live there peacefully why there is a separate nation pakistan for muslims?
    it questions existence of pakistan.
    pakistan is a nation doesn’t have an identity , so it’s failing as a nation.Recommend

  • gt
    Dec 11, 2010 - 9:26AM

    More than 700 million children, women and men are at least food-insecure, and even malnourished, hungry and have little hope of medical care. Add at least a 100 million each in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Why do we not focus our generation’s attention to what is going to happen to these human beings 10, 20, 30 years from now.

    This whole region will be in a much more difficult situation owing to the absence of action now, plus the distortions in the political economy of agriculture being aggravated at present.

    These are things that are within our power to change. Example: lawyers’ movement in Pakistan achieved some small gains for the small man in that power structure, through the power of unified struggle. So also, the unified voice of the common man cannot be totally disregarded today.

    So why are we wasting so much time with this India-Pakistan nonsense? Why not work hard for the enemy that is surely destroying the entire region, and for which we have made no adequate preparation?

    It is neither America, nor Israel, nor anything that can be comfortably blamed while we sit and talk nonsense.

    This enemy demands that we all exercise our minds, conscience and the maximum extent of our individual capabilities. But that we are unwilling to give!! So, we sink ships with only our mouths! The Israelis never do that! They really sacrifice for their country or ideals, wherever they may be in the world.Recommend

  • Homeboy
    Dec 11, 2010 - 11:09AM

    The Express Tribune was still stupid enough to publish the piece in the first place – and then they cut the last paragraph of the Guardian story – lets not be singing songs of devotion just yet.Recommend

  • khan
    Dec 11, 2010 - 11:49AM

    According to BBC “Jang, which had reported the fake Wikileaks story on its front page, did not mention it on Friday”, that is that the Urdu language newspaper has not retracted the bogus incendiary ‘news’ that it had published the previous day.

    If that is the case then the Jang group is culpable of spreading the lie willingly and willfully. The Establishment is not overly concerned about what is published in the English-language media – it is the mass selling Urdu newspaper that really matter.Recommend

  • sikh
    Dec 11, 2010 - 1:27PM

    Yes, I can tell that India is a secular nation and muslims can live there peacefully though some anti-social elements exist there like shiv sena.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Dec 11, 2010 - 3:41PM

    Good to see retraction and apology from newspapers. But the fight for truth doesnt ends here….there are still lots of biased and propaganda news at main stream media of Pakistan and India BOTH.

    Its time to look forward and express yourself so that the silent majority wins and truth prevails….lets hope…Recommend

  • Dec 11, 2010 - 5:28PM

    I hope the Express Tribune checks its sources in future. The content of the Wikileaks cables are in the public domain and very easy to search through. It would have been easily verified if the news you printed about India was really part of the cables.

    But regardless, correcting a mistake is honest journalism and means I will trust Express Tribune even more in future.Recommend

  • Dec 11, 2010 - 6:31PM

    Obliged to thank you for your moral courage of conviction and self-correction, along with an apology to sensitive readers. In this episode, you have set a lofty example, worthy of emulation, for the rest of press and publications. Please keep it up.Recommend

  • Hai
    Dec 11, 2010 - 7:17PM

    Dear Friends,
    Nice to see a correction. I would prefer Pak to have a long lasting relationship with India. This would reduce the cost spent in Military and other ventures. Past is past… Let us bury old things and let us live a life afresh…. If fight ensues, the damage will be inevitable for both of us.

    With regards,

  • Dec 11, 2010 - 8:52PM

    What a laughing stock we have become for the world.Recommend

  • Riaz
    Dec 12, 2010 - 12:49AM

    Why well done for ET as it also published the same news on that day on Page no 8 and it was among the newspapers which published corrigendum, besides Express Urdu published it as super lead. It is very sad and pathetic.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 12, 2010 - 7:51AM

    I second what Arjun said. Nice to see the correction..Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 12, 2010 - 8:48AM

    You will love this :—

    However when Indians strongly reacted to the report and also upon realizing that they had published a report that was originally published by The Daily Mail, a day before, certain media groups, showing an utmost unprofessionalism and deep love for the Indians, retracted and termed the report as fake and rather a planted item from intelligence agencies of Pakistan. Recommend

  • khan
    Dec 12, 2010 - 11:48AM

    To my knowledge Jang and Nawa-e-Waqt (and The Nation) will still have their readers believe that these hoax so-called Wikileaks were genuine.
    Having published them with bold headlines, they have failed to retract them as a fraud. So much for the freedom of our vernacular press!Recommend

  • antony
    Dec 12, 2010 - 1:24PM

    HI Pakistanis , I dont know why the general public thinks India is Hindoooos ruled country .ITs a country for all who can make it to the top .Be it business or politics . I am christian and all my life I am proud to be indian and will not obey pope from Rome if he says anything against India .That is the great spirit of India ..

    Hope pakistan lives as one Entity for all pakistanis like India some day!Recommend

  • M.Srinath
    Dec 12, 2010 - 4:44PM

    Journalism lives or dies by a commodity that’s not available across the shelf— credibility. It takes a huge commitment to build it, and a small error to destroy it.ET should insulate itself from the influence of propagandists of all hues, including the much maligned ‘agencies’.Recommend

  • Mahpara Batool
    Dec 12, 2010 - 6:51PM

    Leading Pakistani newspapers retracted an explosive story that used fake US diplomatic cables to brand Indian generals “genocidal” and accuse New Delhi of sponsoring militants. The News claimed on Thursday that cables released by WikiLeaks showed Indian spies were supporting Islamist militants in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region of Waziristan and the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Datelined from Washington, the newspaper told how US diplomats thought of one Indian general as “incompetent” and a “geek”, and of another as “self-obsessed, petulant and idiosyncratic” and “barely tolerated” by subordinates. It likened another to late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic “with regard to butchering Muslims through war crimes” in Indian-held Kashmir. But on Friday The News wrote that “on further inquiries, we learnt from our sources that the story was dubious and may have been planted.”
    The News said the report originated from some local websites “known for their close connections with certain intelligence agencies”. A variety of Pakistani newspapers carried the report on Thursday, crediting the story to the Islamabad-based Online news agency, where a receptionist on Friday refused to put through telephone calls from AFP to senior editors. English-language newspaper The Express Tribune also published a front-page retraction, saying it “deeply regrets publishing this story without due verification and apologises profusely for any inconvenience”.
    India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 and Pakistan’s powerful military establishment continues to see India as its primary threat, despite a Taliban insurgency along the Afghan border.Recommend

  • Dec 12, 2010 - 6:51PM

    Who knows how many other reports were faked by Indian media, but no one bothered to verify them. Pakistani media is more responsible that they immediately published the apology after realizing that the earlier published reports were manipulated. Well done Pakistani media & well done Tribune.Recommend

  • Mo
    Dec 12, 2010 - 6:59PM

    has anyone ever read the headlines in times of India newspaper. they are beyond insanity and they never apologize about their propaganda towards Pakistan. We are too kind a nation to apologize . If anything, this shows our greatness and kind heartedness unlike our counterpartsRecommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Dec 13, 2010 - 2:24AM

    By accepting the error ET has earned the respect of many of its readers. It shows that the paper has moral standing and courage to accept its mistake which can happen to anyone. If it is ISI behind this work then they should realize that it is not helping their Image Nationally and Internationally. You are providing your enemies an excuse to further discredit you if not then those responsible should be exposed by the ISIRecommend

  • allah rakha
    Dec 13, 2010 - 2:41AM

    I wonder why are we so obssesed with muslims in india and kasmir and their human rights when more muslims are dying every day in our own backyard,Recommend

  • Subbu Jois
    Dec 13, 2010 - 10:32AM

    @ Mo, Sam – while Indian media is no angle, they know the consequences of publishing fake reports. The few instances that they have published unverified reports, they have apologized. I think the larger point that you need to address is how many other reports in Pak go unverified and the public get taken. Pak govt/army/ISI have been wilfully planting stories in the press, feeding its population with propaganda to keep the attention of its public diverted from the core issues in order to overcome its failings in law and order, economy, employment, corruption, etc. It has been diligently following the Goebble’s theory of repeating lies till the lie is considered as truth! Denial of facts/history and conspiracy theories will not avert the ultimate disaster, only delay it till the truth can no more be hidden. Take an objective stance and introspect for yourselves on what you want your country to be. We Indians can take care of our country for our ourselves, as long as terror as a state policy does not run our patience thin. It is PAK that is in dire need of help and it is about time you woke up to it and attended to your country’s urgent needsRecommend

  • Sikh
    Dec 13, 2010 - 4:37PM

    I was shocked to learn from my discussions with Pakistani students studying abroad that they are tought the distorted history and how the islamization of Pakistan was made for political intesrest and how Jina’s views were sidelined! Wake up, start from history and then go on correcting the false idealogies imposed upon common peoples by so called national security agencies!Recommend

  • Ozymandias
    Dec 13, 2010 - 11:50PM

    @ Arjit…No, he’s not saneRecommend

  • rehan
    Dec 18, 2010 - 12:19AM

    wow i just read most of those “fake”cables are coming out! oh well..sorry ET u lost my respect..u better prepare another appologyRecommend

  • chinese
    Dec 22, 2010 - 2:17PM

    now many American media doesnt report any cables from wikileaks such as Yahoo & msn.
    becox media is free there :PRecommend

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