Leading English News Channel TIMES NOW set social media aflutter with its exposé on May 6 revealing the funding nexus between Pakistan Intelligence agency ISI and Hurriyat leaders to keep alive the separatist movement in Jammu and Kashmir.
‘Nation's Darkest Secret - Pakistan Ke Dalal’ created ripples through the weekend. #PakistanKeDalal trended in India for over 8 hours on May 6, with #ISIAgentHurriyat, #ISIAgentBurhan, #Suparijihadi etc., setting Twitter abuzz. These conversations garnered a worldwide reach of 2,384 million on Twitter (Source: https://frrole.ai/scout; Data for May 6-7, 2017)
Rahul Shivshankar, Editor-in-Chief, TIMES NOW said, “TIMES NOW, as usual, ruled. The #PakistanKeDalal story kept viewers glued to their screens and the Twitterati busy all day. The story trended for over 8 hours and generated a cumulative reach over four times that of any other news channel, including the much-hyped launch over the weekend.”
The exposé showed how the ISI routed Rs 70 lakh or more to stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir through Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah. The PMO has taken note.