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Pakistan terms Pulwama a ‘false flag op’ after Arnab WhatsApp chats, Republic slams ‘desperation’

By The Print

The Pakistan Foreign Office Sunday termed the 2019 Pulwama attack a “false flag operation”, citing the purported WhatsApp chats of Republic TV Editor-in Chief Arnab Goswami that went viral Friday.

“The recent transcripts revelations in India further vindicate our consistent position that RSS-BJP Govt. stages ‘false flag’ operations; maligns Pakistan with terrorism-related allegations; stokes hyper-nationalism in its bid to win elections,” Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

In a statement issued later, Republic TV said it rejected the allegations made by the Pakistan government against Goswami. The Pakistan government’s statement, it said, was “proof of the deep-conspiracy of anti-India and anti-national forces” against Republic TV.

The Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, was organised by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. In retaliation, India had undertaken airstrikes against the terror group’s camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.

The Pakistan Foreign Office was referring to purported WhatsApp conversations between Goswami and former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) chief executive Partho Dasgupta, which have been recorded as part of the Mumbai Police’s charge sheet in the ‘TRP scam’ case.

Goswami’s purported messages from three days before the airstrikes appear to show that he was aware of the operation.

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