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Pakistan refutes cyber-war claims

08-20-2012 07:08 BJT

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Pakistan has rejected India’s claims it masterminded a cyber-war by spreading rumours of impending attacks, via SMS messaging. India blames Pakistan for triggering a mass exodus of northeasterners from other states in India. Indian government officials say the bulk of messages that induced panic among the northeastern people had been traced to Pakistan and a protest would be lodged with Islamabad.

Tens of thousands of people from north-east India have fled major cities in the south of the country over rumours of imminent attacks from Muslims. The rumours started after ethnic clashes between Muslims and the local Bodo people led to the deaths of 78 people in the north-east Indian state of Assam from July to early August.

India’s Home Secretary Raj Kumar Singh has accused Pakistan of being the origin of the bulk messages that help spread those rumours.

It is a charge that the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi strongly denies. The Indo-Asia News Service quoted unnnamed officials of the High Commission as saying, "such remarks by Indian officials and media, only widens the trust deficit between the two countries, and India should start to solve its own problems instead of mudslinging".

Meanwhile, the leader of India’s main opposition party, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, has done little to calm tensions. He says the Indian government should now talk tough with Pakistan over the incident.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Bharatiya Janata Party Leader said, "Now when it is known that Pakistan was behind this conspiracy of rumours then we want the government to take strict action against Pakistan and be stern. They should be given a firm warning. Pakistan has to be told that such tactics will not be tolerated at all by India."

But, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has denied his government is behind any cyber-war plot. He says he has no information about the circulation of the messages and has pledged to co-operate with the Indian government in its investigation. He has asked that India shares its intel so Pakistan can launch a full probe of its own.

Rehman Malik, Pakistan’S Interior Minister said, "I was told by India’s Interior Minister that they have information about the situation in Assam that the mobile phone messages creating panic were sent from Pakistan. I told him that at the official level we have no such information and if India has any such information stating that these messages were sent from Pakistan, then we will definitely investigate the matter and update India with the information. Therefore I have requested him to send something official to me."

The violence that started everything broke out on July the 20th in the north-east state of Assam, after unidentified men killed four Bodo youths. In retaliation, armed Bodos attacked Muslims, suspecting them of being behind the deaths.

This is not the first time the two groups have clashed. In 1993, Bodos attacked Muslims and other communities resulting in around 2,000 deaths.

As a result of the recent clashes in Assam thousands of people from India’s north-east fled from the southern city of Bangalore as fear around the country grew of a backlash against the violence.

Over the weekend two people were killed and 55 wounded when about 10,000 people rioted in the financial capital of Mumbai. It followed a protest held by Muslims against attacks on members of their religion.

The violence has angered Muslims around the world and raised tensions in India, where religious and ethnic divisions have simmered for decades.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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