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Pakistan Defence's Twitter account suspended for morphed anti-India photos

19 Nov 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Pakistan Defence's Twitter account suspended for fake news

The Twitter account of the Pakistan Defence Forum, a long-running portal dedicated to Pakistan's armed forces, has been suspended shortly after posting fake anti-India news.

It had posted a morphed photo of an Indian girl holding a placard saying "I hate India".

The account has no links to the government.

This isn't the first time it was linked to malicious anti-India propaganda.

In context: Pakistan Defence's Twitter account suspended for fake news

19 Nov 2017Pakistan Defence's Twitter account suspended for morphed anti-India photos

About the morphed image

The morphed photo was of DU student Kawalpreet Kaur at Delhi's Jama Masjid holding a placard reading: "I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations (like) Nagas, Kashmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa."
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What did the placard actually read?

Real-lifeWhat did the placard actually read?

The photo created a controversy as Kawalpreet's placard had originally said: "I'm a citizen of India and I stand with secular values of our constitution. I will write against communal mob lynching of Muslims in our country."

She wanted people to change their profile pictures to protest mob lynching, she had said.

Pakistan Defence later deleted the tweet after receiving numerous complaints.

Fake newsThe account falsely blamed India for 'rejecting' Pakistan's 'generous offer'

Recently, Pakistan Defence had also tweeted that India had refused Pakistan's "generous offer" of a meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy on the death row in Islamabad, and his wife.

In reality, India had accepted and had also asked for his mother to be allowed to meet him too.

Dr Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, had even acknowledged India's reply.

'The picture's message shouldn't be lost in these dark times'

HistoryPakistan Defence has a history of threatening journalists and activists

Pakistan Defence, which has over 3,00,000 followers on Twitter, has often made news for threatening journalists/activists who question Islamabad's armed forces.

In September, it responded to NDTV's Vikram Chandra, who tweeted an article about Pakistan's comments on India in Afghanistan. "Who's Pakistan to accept or not accept?!" Chandra had asked.

One of Pakistan Defence's several responses was: "Why don't you try and find out?"