It has been more than a month that the Indian and Chinese armies are engaged in Doklam with Beijing demanding India to withdraw its troops for any peaceful resolution to take place. The stand-off began with Chinese army trying to construct a road in strategically significant territory belonging to Bhutan and the Indian army blocking the action. But so far, there hasn’t been any military attack from either side.
However, some media houses in Pakistan are propagating an attack by China on India and have reported that 158 soldiers have been killed in the reported “attack”. Old pictures and videos were used to pass off the attack as a new one.
On July 17, Dunya New TV of Pakistan aired a two-minute clipping in which it alleged that there have been military clashes between India and China in Sikkim and 158 soldiers have been killed. The same was shared on the channel’s Twitter handle as well.
— Dunya News (@DunyaNews) July 17, 2017
A similar report was aired by Dawn TV and soon Twitter was all abuzz with fake news of a military standoff between India and China and more than 150 Indian soldiers being killed in the same.
India Vs China war begins : China killed more than 150 Indian soldiers today pic.twitter.com/AAKZuDvkCR
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— M Hanzala Tayyab MHT (@OfficialHanzala) July 17, 2017
Since no such thing happened, and there are no reports in Indian as well Chinese media, the report by Pakistan media is obviously fake.
Moreover, India’s foreign ministry has rubbished the reports, describing them as “utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous”.
On being asked about the reports doing rounds in Pakistani media, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry of India, said that responsible media should not take any cognizance of these reports.