Turkish and Pakistani intelligence services draw the sword against the Philia Forum countries-report

Turkish and Pakistani intelligence services are working together to control Turkish media and other efforts to implant a distrust over the Philia Forum and its member countries, the Greek City Times said on Saturday.

Turkey is creating a propaganda army by replacing the Turkish state-run broadcaster TRT World and Anadolu news agency’s western journalists with Pakistani and Indian Kashmiris, it said, citing a report published by the Athens-based Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates held the first meeting of the Philia Forum in Athens on Feb.11, with the aim of improving cooperation in security, healthcare, energy and environmental protections for the region from eastern Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf.

Turkey strongly criticised the exclusion of Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) from the initiative.

“Greek dreams of an anti-Turkish alliance will turn into a nightmare,” governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik said on Feb.18, state-run Anadolu reported.

“It was found that Turkish intelligence agency MIT was aggressively working with Pakistani [intelligence] agency ISI to build up a new propaganda network, with TRT World and Anadolu Agency as the focal points,” RIEAS said in its report.

The report revealed that TRT World recruited at least 50 Pakistanis and more than a dozen Kashmiri Indians, it said.

While focussing on hot topics, the new task assigned to this team of journalists is “attacking the Philia Forum countries,” it said.

According to the Greek City Times, RIEAS report also revealed that these journalists are pressuring media outlets at least in three continents, to delete the contents over their connections with Turkish and Pakistani intelligence services.

“The plan on attacking the Philia Forum is to project it as an utter failure and an anti-peace initiative,” it said, citing the report.