Claim:

On March 13, 2024, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar in a press conference alleged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has written a letter to European Union urging them to thrash Pakistan from Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) status due irregularities in General Election 2024 commenced on Feb 8, 2024. Tarar further accused PTI of being traitors and anti-state. Meanwhile on social media it was claimed that PTI had also given a Global Call to Action alegging to thrash Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) status from Pakistan.

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Virality

The claim gained traction on social media, particularly on X (formerly Twitter) and on Mainstream Media, the claim was shared here, here, here, here, here and here   accumulating more than 1M views. On Facebook here, here, here and here

Fact Check

After Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar’s press conference, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has issued its reaction to the press conference of Information Minister Attaullah Tarar. The party has denied writing any letter to the European Union regarding Pakistan’s GSP Plus status and stressed that it did not even intend to do so.

“Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf categorically denies writing ANY letter urging EU to revoke GSP plus status for Pakistan, nor is the party inclined to do so. Allegations levelled against PTI, by Fed Information Minister is merely a deflection to avoid talking about fundamental issues at hand. GSP Plus status is proportional to pursue sustainable development and good governance, which only the Govt in office can address, regardless of their legitimacy in question.”

On March 14, 2024, The European Union’s mission in Islamabad refuted claims that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had contacted the mission regarding the country’s GSP Plus status.

Intent

The claim appears to have been shared to discredit PTI and paint them as traitors and anti-state, potentially to damage their reputation and undermine their political standing. The claim was widely shared by Pro-Regime accounts including prominent journalists and mainstream media targeting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and founder Imran Khan.

Rating

False

Conclusion

Our investigation confirmed that the claim alleging PTI’s campaign to revoke Pakistan’s GSP+ status from the European Union is false. PTI has denied writing any such letter, and the European Union’s mission in Islamabad has refuted claims of PTI contacting them regarding this matter. This misinformation seems to have been spread with the intent to tarnish PTI’s image and create controversy.