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An article I have written in March 2020 about how western vloggers misrepresent Pakistan is challenged by an anonymous parody account on Twitter, saying my publication would be a plagiarism. Actually, the text of my article and its documents are original ones resulting from my researches and from my personal writings. As far as the subject of the article is concerned, it is not an “idea” invented by the individual claiming its property on February 2020. It is a hot topic from years before. My article is a detailed contribution but it never pretended having created the concept under review. My concern, as a travel writer about Pakistan, was to bring my western vision and my experience about a deceiving propaganda organisation targetting foreigners. I also wanted to highlight the spoiling dimension of the system for Pakistani people producing media content.

Presentation of Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, plagiarism claim
  1. What is plagiarism according to Medium ?
  2. The anonymous and parody Twitter account @BestInventoryPR raises a plagiarism issue
    2.1. The text that would have been plagiarized as per January 19, 2022, @BestInventoryPR tweet attachment.
    2.2. The plagiarism as per January 19, 2022, @BestInventoryPR tweet attachement.
  3. Did I get my inspiration…

Le 13 juillet 2018, la traductrice et administratrice du site web Inform Napalm pour la France a adressé des propos calomnieux au président de la République et à un remarquable chercheur en géopolitique au sujet de moi-même, Bernard Grua. “Il faut enfin arrêter de flatter des ambitions obscures de ce Grua en lui faisant de la pub. Il n’est pas du tout bienvenu chez les Ukrainiens”. Cette publication interpelle. J’ai toujours répondu positivement aux sollicitations d‘ Inform Napalm France en ce qui concerne des relectures ou des publications. Rien ne justifie l’aigreur, l’ingratitude et l’injustice de ce propos. Plus gênant encore est le fait qu’Inform Napalm revendique lutter contre le mensonge et la propagande du Kremlin. Quelle crédibilité faut-il donc apporter à ce média, sachant que sa responsable, en France, crée et partage des contre-vérités évidentes sur la personne d’un activiste anti-Poutine?

Ce texte est un extrait de l’article sur le blog de Bernard Grua, où il est accessible dans son intégralité.

Tweet de commentaire posté par la représentante d’Inform Napalm France

Post-growth, Ramla Akhtar, Growth Is Not Just One Thing
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There was a time a freshly graduated urban student from Karachi upper urban middle class, with an expensive British education, had a real talent for writing fictions and for advertising an expertise she did not have thru her re-formulation of trendy topics. Surfing the wave, she considered herself as a…

This is an outstanding but highly alarming direct testimony from an altitude remote and forgotten Afghan region. Far away from any media, the harsh and poor life of local people has been turned, by Taliban, into dereliction and extreme misery. Trapped in a full lockdown, people cannot escape what became a hell with no hope.
Those who, at an international level, whitewash the reputation of the Taliban 2.0 should reflect on the heavy responsibility they are taking. Those in neighboring Pakistan celebrating the Taliban victory as an Islamo-nationalist triumph should remember that the people who suffer and die share, for some of them, the same ethnicity, the same language, the same faith and the same family roots.
Cynical are those who rejoice at what they see as a Washington’s defeat. Distant America will recover. But the misfortune will be borne, on the spot, by the poorest and the most fragile ones.

Cet article en français

Preliminary background

Ishkashim is an Afghan small town of Badakhshan province on the left bank of the Upper Panj River (Amu Daria). On an island of the river is the border post with Tajikistan. It is not far from the Tajik Badakhshan town bearing the same name, Ishkashim

As part of their global 5th generation warfare, Pakistan authorities strongly support hate speech against western nations. The country is now a home and a judiciary loophole for cybercrime, while its rogue policy resulted in a wave of Islamist murders in France during autumn 2020. The BestInventoryPR Twitter account is an evidence of this new international specialization. The main complaints addressed to Twitter’s moderation about BestInventoryPR relate to stalking, hate speech, doxxing, harassment, defamation, slanderous denunciation, identity theft and intellectual property infringement. They evidence how civilized countries and their media are unable to address the threats posed by this new kind of hybrid war.

@BestInventoryPR “logo” and Nantes mechanical elephant

Cet article en français


@GruaAbuseArkive is an “anonymous” and impersonating Twitter account. Since September 18, 2019, it is oriented towards hate speech, defamation, calumnious denunciations, blackmail, doxxing and calls for violences against western foreigners and against the Wakhi local minority living in Chapursan Valley, Northern Pakistan.

En français

The main focus of @GruaAbuseArkive is a French citizen, @BernardGrua, living in Nantes.

M. Pervez Hoodbhoy’s, @pervezhoodbhoy, published an article, “Will OIC confront France?”, on May 8, 2021, in Dawn, a Pakistani media. I am French, I have been in Pakistan, and I am impressed by the free tone of this author and by the risk he is taking. This gentleman is perfectly right when he invokes Pakistan own incoherences and failures for explaining why its strategy for instrumenting OIC is a desperate one. However, he is disappointing while not debunking the propagandist and irrelevant Imran khan’s “diagnostic” about France and about its President.

M. Pervez Hoodbhoy’s pictures is from his Dawn’s profile

A fictional letter from OIC ambassadors

For weeks I have been searching a paper like the one of M. Pervez Hoodbhoy for testifying that, at least, some Pakistani people could understand their country was in a nihilist spiral. I am positively surprised this author dares to write such statements, very shocking for Pakistan, though they belong…

Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, in his speech on Monday, April 19, 2020, confirms that he persists in his rhetoric promoting violence and terrorism, in the name of his crusade against Islamophobia in western countries. He thus tries to calm down the riots which shake his large metropolises by using, again, the same propaganda as the one which inflamed the population. In doing so, he shows us how cornered he is. Above all, he gives us one of the keys that would allow us to hasten his fall and put an end to its nuisance, deadly for our country.

Pakistan: how to deliver a final blow to Imran Khan

This article in French:

Imran Khan attempted to calm down a country in insurgency by, once again, blaming his familiar scapegoat.

This Monday, April 19, 2021, Imran Khan spoke on Pakistani television.

Prime Minister Imran Khan address to the Nation on TLP issue | 19 April 2021

The speech is in Urdu but « Dawn » immediately gave a presentation:

« TLP and govt have the same…

Riots in Pakistan main towns, led by TLP party (Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan), demand the French ambassador to be expelled from the country. They result from months of Imran Khan’s hate speech turned against France. In this article it will be presented why the closing of our diplomatic representation offers the opportunity to sanction this failing Prime minister for the murderous Islamist terrorist attacks our country faced during autumn 2020.

The « French bastard »

The Pakistani claim for expelling the French ambassador and even, for closing our embassy embraces a large part of Pakistan opinion, including people who, nowadays, condemn TLP (Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan) for its domestic violences.

The Pakistan Prime minister, Imran Khan, is said to oppose such expelling. As a result, he is…

In no country you can be asked so frequently a question like “What do you think about Pakistan?”. It is not an open question. The expectation is to hear the positive message you will deliver. But real life and real countries are more complicated. Particularly, when you have to talk about a state led by Imran Khan who waged months of a hybrid war against your homeland. To sustain a tourism turned to local populations, Pakistan image must be restored through transparence and governance change. Driving foreign travelers discourse will not compensate the devastating PM positions of the autumn 2020.

Should foreign travelers hide part of their Pakistan experience, in the interest of local populations? Islamophobia.
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Here below is a comment I received about my paper “Kind regards from Pakistan”. What I had to say would became longer than expected. That’s the reason why I decided to present it as an article.

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