From prominent Pakistan journalists to ISI and even Pakistani Ministers have been brazenly peddling fake news in a desperate attempt to instigate a 'social media propaganda war' over the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir in India.
On Monday, Pakistan Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi in a tweet showed the world in what he claimed to be a video from the Kashmir valley wherein a skirmish broke out between the Armed Forces and local residents.
Calling PM Modi the 'Hitler of the East,' Pak PM Imran Khan's Minister even urged US President Donald Trump to "impose trade sanctions on India."
Let the world see what @narendramodi Govt is doing in #Kashmir— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) August 18, 2019
The #Hitler from the East rises while the world sleeps.@realDonaldTrump should consider imposing trade sanctions on India to control this monster before it’s too late! #SaveKashmirFromModi #IndianHitlerModi pic.twitter.com/YS5kBZAmk1
However, it was soon established that the video conveniently touted to be the on-ground situation of Kashmir, was in fact, an old video from Haryana.
Pakistan, who has been repeatedly crying foul to the global community and the United Nations over Kashmir, despite silence in response, has taken up 'fake news' as a weapon to inflict a biased narrative against India.
Senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, on Saturday took to Twitter to claim baseless rumours about Indian forces' misusing power to harass Kashmiri boys. The video which Hamid Mir claims as 'latest (August 16)' has been found to be a year old fake video.
The fake tweet was then deleted by the Pakistani journalist.
Pakistan President Arif Alvi openly called on its citizens to post videos on Kashmir, calling it their 'biggest weapon' while addressing a flag hoisting ceremony at Islamabad on Pakistan's Independence Day
The Pakistani President brazenly called on a propaganda war, in a deliberate attempt to meddle in India's domestic affair, by instigating people to spread fake information.
On August 5, Pakistan ISI-backed stooges had also unleashed a virulent fake-news campaign against Republic TV, doctoring a video in their efforts to make it seem as the situation in Kashmir was anything but normal.
India, on the other hand, has made it is clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the issue is completely internal. A rattled Pakistan has initiated a series of decisions, including downgrading bilateral relations with India and suspending bilateral trade, halting of Samjhauta and Thar Express trains from its side and banning of Indian movies from Pakistani cinemas.
J&K Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order Munir Khan assured that steps are being taken to tackle the attempts to spread fake news.