Indian journalist Arnab Goswami has as soon as once more been caught red-faced, this time on nationwide TV, peddling one other anti-Pakistan conspiracy principle that has no foundation to start with.
In an episode on the present “The Debate”, aired on September 15, Goswami claimed to have a scoop on his arms. The rabble-rouser claimed that his “sources” in Afghanistan knowledgeable him that Pakistan Military officers have been staying on the fifth flooring of the Serena Resort in Kabul.
There’s only one downside with that: the Serena Resort in Kabul has solely two flooring above the bottom stage. Flooring quantity three, 4 and 5 don’t exist, save for in Goswami’s creativeness.
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Goswami had invited Abdul Samad Yaqoob, a defence and political analyst and a spokesperson of the PTI, together with others, to talk about the alleged in-fighting between the Afghan Taliban.
The in any other case biased and agenda-driven debate took an fascinating flip when Yaqoob referred to as out Goswami, questioning the veracity of his “sources” in Afghanistan who had claimed the Taliban would by no means vanquish their enemies in Panjshir and the group would break up into rival factions.
Vexed, Goswami instructed Yaqoob “to not fear about my sources” and proceeded to offer everybody quite a bit to fret about, on the subject of his “sources”.
“My sources stated three issues, all of that are proper. My sources stated that the individuals of Panjshir will struggle and they’re nonetheless combating,” he stated. “…And the Taliban are nonetheless combating there.”
“Secondly, my sources stated that the Pakistani forces will retreat and all of your officers will depart, slowly begin pulling out. That’s precisely what occurred. Okay, you go and test at this time, you test at this time, okay, on the fifth flooring of the Serena Resort. I am telling you, please test, fifth flooring of the Serena Resort in Kabul. What number of Pakistani Military officers are there?
“I’m supplying you with. You need extra particulars? I am going to let you know which room, or is that this sufficient? Fifth flooring of the Serena Resort, Kabul, what number of Pakistani officers are there. Okay? I also can let you know what they ordered for dinner, so do not query my intelligence sources.”
Then he proceeded to inform Yaqoob that Republic TV has “acquired all its aerial surveillance on you individuals.”
The following day, September 16, Yaqoob once more confirmed up on “The Debate” and instructed Goswami his “sources” in all probability did not exist for the reason that Serena Kabul has solely two flooring.
The Indian anchor had no logical reply to the counter. In his ordinary method, he resorted to berate his Pakistani visitor and sought to attract consideration away from his fake pas.
In a bid to uncover the reality, NEWSONHY.television referred to as the Serena Resort to independently confirm whether or not the lodge certainly has 5 flooring.
A receptionist picked up the cellphone, who was instructed that he was chatting with NEWSONHY.television for a information story on the Serena Resort in Kabul. We requested him what number of flooring the lodge has.
“The lodge has solely two flooring and 4 blocks,” stated the lodge worker, refusing to offer his identify. “On the bottom flooring, we’ve workplaces and the foyer. Above the bottom flooring are solely two flooring, the place there are solely rooms for friends,” he requested.
When requested once more whether or not the lodge has 5 flooring, the receptionist corroborated Yaqoob’s model.
“No, no. No 5 flooring. We now have solely 4 blocks and two flooring,” he reiterated.
That was all of the verification we wanted, a whole lot of miles away from Kabul, one thing the producer of “The Debate” should have carried out earlier than the present’s anchor conjured up a cock-and-bull story to play with the Indian lots’ feelings.
Goswami’s blunder is the most recent in a string of embarrassing makes an attempt by main Indian TV channels to someway blame Pakistan for the Taliban’s rout of the Afghan authorities.
In early September, because the battle of Panjshir raged on in Afghanistan, main Indian TV channels have been left red-faced after they aired “unique footage” of the Pakistan Air Power dropping bombs on anti-Taliban forces in Panjshir.
Readers around the globe had a hearty giggle when it surfaced that the footage was not unique in any respect because it was extracted from the online game, Arma 3.
Hasti TV labelled the Arma 3 recreation footage as “unique” earlier than Republic TV (as anticipated) and TV9 aired the identical clip.
Within the video, photographs are seen being focused in the direction of an airborne airplane because it navigates being struck.