It has been a much needed change in India’s diplomatic manoeuvres. The world’s largest democracy has finally broken the shackles of misplaced notions to emerge as a powerful voice in geopolitics.
And this change, if has surprised an arrogant and power blind China for its resilience, has completely decimated Pakistani propaganda in international circles, especially at multilateral platforms like the United Nations or the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).
Pakistan has, for its own peril, made an anti-India stand its lifeline and has been trying to destabilize India ever since it came into existence in 1947 and what has been ironical that its propaganda even succeeded in outperforming India when it came to diplomacy and PR.
India was never outspoken in promoting its viewpoint and always lacked a sense of communication finesse to counter the Pakistani propaganda. If we go through the speeches delivered by India at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on occasions like the Kargil War or 2010 Kashmir unrest or the situation in Kashmir now, we can see this change.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has rejected the ISIS claims of the Las Vegas gunman being an ISIS member. It said that the Las Vegas mass shooting incident had no terror links puncturing thus the ISIS claims that the gunman was “an ISIS solder who converted to Islam months ago.”
The American media outfits, quoting the FBI, said the gunman was not known to law enforcement agencies except the local police and the FBI did not find evidence linking him to ISIS or any other international terror group.
Earlier, on expected lines, the ISIS claimed the responsibility of the Las Vegas shootout, the deadliest mass shootout in the US history claiming so far 58 lives and injuring over 400. A gunman, from his 32nd floor hotel room, opened fire on people participating in a music festival in Las Vegas. from 32nd floor hotel room.
Several news agencies and terror monitors including AFP and SITE Intel Group quoted Amaq, ISIS propaganda wing, that the Las Vegas attacker was one from its ranks and was a converted Muslim.
Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intel Group, a US based terror monitor agency, in fact, posted Amaq’s messages on her Twitter handle. Amaq, in two separate messages, claimed that the shooter was one of its fighters and he converted to Islam months ago.
Watchers said ISIS claims were surprising and sounded fake as it didn’t provide any evidence, especially when the terror outfit that is now fighting a losing battle and is being driven out of its strongholds one after the other. Also, in spite of identifying the 64 year old gunman, who was described by his neighbours as friendly and quiet person who enjoyed gambling, no investigating agency or media outfit has been able to dig anything that can relate him to any terror group.