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NE exodus: India to send morphed pictures to Pak

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 20, 2012
First Published: 23:17 IST(20/8/2012) | Last Updated: 11:33 IST(21/8/2012)

Nearly 40% of all pictures or videos — doctored or with misleading captions — that have been probed by security agencies for triggering the online hate campaign were uploaded from Pakistan, a home ministry official said on Monday.


The ministry has ordered over 250 webpages found to be carrying the morphed images to reveal registration details and access logs of its subscribers who uploaded such content.

"It has been found that in 38% of the cases where this information was available, the provocative images were uploaded from Pakistan," the official said.

All except one social networking site — that questioned the government's jurisdiction — were working with the government on this issue.


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"However, a lot more and quicker action is expected from them to address such a sensitive issue which concern restoring peace… and national security," a spokesperson of the department of electronics and IT, which issues the formal orders said.

Home ministry officials said they intended to compile the technical data for Pakistan to back the charge that Pakistani nationals appeared to have played an important role in the online hate campaign.

Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik had earlier rejected home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's reference blaming elements in Pakistan for fueling the hate campaign as "unfounded".

Malik had, however, promised to look into the charges if he was given the evidence.

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Home secretary RK Singh said Shinde had conveyed India's willingness to share all evidence related to involvement of certain groups and individuals who uploaded the morphed images and videos.

He, however, did not blame any particular extremist organization of creating the images.

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