India has blocked over 250 websites because somebody put some inflammatory messages over internet.
India is blaming Pakistan and Mr. R.K. Singh, the Home Secretary of India.
And in Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman said that we need proof. Now Indian Prime Minister is saying that after committing the crime, Pakistan always wants the proofs, and now we have given proof to the U.S., UN, and EU.
My question is: Have you received or do you have any comments about this, what’s going on between India and Pakistan over this?
Because it created unrest throughout in many major Indian cities.
MS. NULAND: Well, let me start by putting some distance between the way you framed the sequence of events and what we know.
Let me start by saying that we have seen these reports that northeastern Indians are returning to the northeast from cities in southern India, and these media reports that the returns are due to concerns about personal safety.
The Indian authorities themselves have called for calm, they have provided assurances of protection and safety to all people. As you know, they have called an investigation of some of the sources of the rumors that have caused people to start to move. And so we are going to obviously watch and see how that process goes forward.
On the larger question of internet freedom, you know where we are on that issue, and we are always on the side of full freedom of the internet. But as the Indian government continues to investigate these instances and preserve security, we also always urge the government to maintain its own commitment to human rights, fundamental freedoms, rule of law.
QUESTION: Are you part of the investigation?
MS. NULAND: No.
QUESTION: You’re always in support of full freedom of the internet? No qualifications? You’ve got no problems at all with WikiLeaks, do you?
MS. NULAND: WikiLeaks didn’t have to do with freedom of the internet. It had to do with the —
QUESTION: Well, some would argue that it does.
MS. NULAND: It had to do with the compromise of U.S. government classified information.
QUESTION: So you have not asked for any investigation by the Indian government?
MS. NULAND: As I said, the Indian government itself is investigating, so we’re going to let that go forward.
QUESTION: The Indian government in particular has targeted a number of U.S.-based companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, asking them to go after the sources of what they say is erroneous information. Are you – or would you suggest that it’s good for these companies to comply with that kind of government directive?
MS. NULAND: Again, I can’t speak to the premise that you started with, Andy, in terms of the conversation that those companies may or may not be having with the Indian government. We maintain open lines to our own companies in India, as we do around the world, and we are obviously open to consultation with them if they need it from us.
QUESTION: On that, do you know that – if the Indian government has asked the Department of Homeland Security for assistance in looking into those online threats?
MS. NULAND: I don’t have anything on that. Why don’t you – I would urge you to check with Homeland.
QUESTION: As far as human rights and religious freedom is concerned in Pakistan, which I raised several months ago also about – against the Hindu minorities and Hindus as far as religious freedom is concerned, now over 250 Hindus have fled to India because they are saying that they are forced to – their women are being raped, and they are forced to convert – either convert or marry their children or their girls to the Muslims in Pakistan, and now they have been complaining inside India that the international community should help them. And now, latest – hundreds of Christians have fled the Islamabad area because of that feud, a12-year-old girl was arrested over Qu ran.
So my question is: As far as religious minority or religious freedom is concerned in Pakistan, where do you stand as far as – human rights and other reports do not mention all these problems minorities are facing in Pakistan?
MS. NULAND: Well, I take issue with that as well. In our annual Human Rights Report, we always cite the importance of respect for the rights, freedoms, protections for minorities in Pakistan as well as countries around the world.
And we did speak out yesterday with regard to the case of the young Pakistani girl on blasphemy charges. So this is obviously part of our ongoing dialogue with the Government of Pakistan and has been for some time.
QUESTION: But what – when you talk to them, with Pakistanis, when you meet them and greet them in the – over many other issues, do these issues come, and what did the – answer from them?
MS. NULAND: Well, again, we have a regular dialogue with the Government of Pakistan on a whole range of issues, including protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights, and we’ll continue to do so.