Pakistanis Are Celebrating Suspension Of Pakistan Defence Twitter Handle Which Posted Morphed Picture Of An Indian Girl

4:10 pm 19 Nov, 2017

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The official Twitter account of the Pakistan Defence, @defencepk, was suspended on Saturday after they tweeted a morphed picture of an Indian girl to stir up anti-India sentiments in Pakistan as well as India. The verified handle usually posts on Pakistan’s military developments. The controversial handle is known for spreading anti-India messages and inciting hate.

 

The Twitter profile picture of Pakistan Defence.

The controversial post which landed the account in trouble contained the picture of an Indian lady standing before the Jama Masjid holding a placard that allegedly read:

“I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kahmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa.”


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Twitterati were quick to point out that the lady in the picture was Delhi University student Kawalpreet Kaur and the text in the placard had been doctored. The text in the original photo reads:

“I am a citizen of India and I stand with secular values of our constitution. I will unite against communal mob lynching of Muslims in our country. #CitizensAgainstMobLynching”.

 

Appalled by the photoshop, Kaur herself requested social media users to report the handle.

 

Though Pakistan Defence had deleted the tweet containing the morphed picture, complaints kept coming in. And instead of apologizing, as was requested by Kaur and others, Pakistan Defence brazenly accused her of spreading anti-Kashmir rhetoric. Of course, the handle again came under fire:

Mass reporting of the handle eventually forced Twitter to take action and they suspended it. It should be noted that Pakistan Defence has no links to the country’s government though it claims to be an authoritative voice on strategic matters.

Twitterati, including those from Pakistan, came out in support of Kaur:

As far as morphing or posting fake images go, Pakistan has done that on the highest stage – the United Nations. In September this year, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi used a photo of a wounded Palestinian girl to highlight alleged atrocities in Kashmir. Her blunder went viral around the world and Pakistan became the butt of jokes.

 

Maleeha Lodhi presented the picture of a wounded Palestinian girl and passed it off as that of Kashmir while speaking at the UN.


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India, on its part, had hit back stating that Lodhi’s attempt underlined “the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India” to divert attention from its role as the hub of global terrorism.


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