The Indian Media coverage of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks came in for some serious criticism from Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan, according to a 4th April 2008 document released by WikiLeaks Cablegate. Qureshi termed media reports as “Irresponsible” and complained about the negative effect of Indian media hype.
As per the document, “Qureshi emphasized that he has remained in India even after the bombing to express condolences and condemnation. He further described the attack as ghastly, tragic and inhumane. But he lamented that Indian media began accusing Pakistan instantaneously; he repeated his mantra that the two sides must avoid the blame game and join hands against a common enemy.”
Voicing concerns to many of his counterparts including UK, China, UAE, French, Canada and EU he said that the Indian media was reporting all sorts of false information, including reports of troop mobilization, cuts in air/rail links and asked the Diplomatic Corps to use its influence and restraint to calm the situation.
He also stated the Government of India had a list of requests post the Mumbai attack; which were primarily Masood Azhar, the head of the defunct Jaish-e-Mohammed and wanted for the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament, Dawood Ibrahim, a mafia-style don with links to 1993 bombings in Mumbai, and for Pakistan to shut down Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa – the new name for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organization.