Who is Carin Jodha Fischer?
German-American woman Carin Jodha Fischer has stirred conspiracy theories by leaking her private conservation with senior Dawn journalist Anwar Iqbal.
By releasing the content of her conversation, she tried to create the impression that Anwar Iqbal is aware of an alleged plan that aims to keep Imran Khan and his PTI away from power.
Her tweets were widely used to criticize and malign the country’s leading English newspaper. While it is possible that the journalist was offering his analysis of the political crisis in Pakistan in his conversation with Carin, the woman’s tweets were used to troll the veteran journalist online.
PTI opponents accused Carin of being a hired gun who was stirring conspiracy theories in return for the alleged money paid by Imran Khan’s party .
According to Indian media, former prime minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) hired Carin Jodha Fischer’s firms for lobbying against India for a monthly remuneration of $7,000 in January 2021.
Carin reportedly runs two lobbying firms, both registered in October 2020—Chinar Consulting LLC (EXTUID-4282772) and Kashmir Action Network (EXTUID-4283151).
The reports said that The PTI functionary Bilal Ahmad Ghaffar of Sindh was mentioned as principal officer in the lobbying contract. The job profile included government relations, media relations, public relations and “grassroots advocacy mobilization in Indian occupied Kashmir”.
According to reports from Washington DC, Carin also worked with the US career diplomat and lobbyist Robin Raphel who worked as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in President Bill Clinton’s government in 1993-97 and called for referendum in Kashmir as per the UN resolutions. The reports said Imran Khan is one among Raphel’s clients.