Pakistan Defence forum's Twitter account suspended for posting morphed image of DU activist

Twitter has suspended the verified account of a Pakistani website after receiving complaints that the handle had tweeted a modified photograph of an Indian student activist

FP Staff November 19, 2017 12:03:08 IST
Pakistan Defence forum's Twitter account suspended for posting morphed image of DU activist

Microblogging website Twitter on Saturday suspended the official account of Pakistan Defence, a forum dedicated to the country's armed forces, after a tweet involving a morphed image of a Delhi University activist was posted, according to media reports.

A search for the verified Twitter account of Pakistan Defence, which operated under the handle @defencepk, returned the following message:

Pakistan Defence forums Twitter account suspended for posting morphed image of DU activist

On Saturday, Pakistan Defence posted an image of a Delhi University student Kawalpreet Kaur standing in front of Delhi's Jama Masjid with a placard reading: "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," according to a report in The Times of India.

Soon, Twitter users pointed out that the image was doctored. In the original image, the placard held by Kaur bears the following message: "I am 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 #CitizensAgainstMobLynching."

India Today reported that the image was later deleted by the Twitter account.

Pakistan Defence's website, which isn't officially associated with the country's government, says its now-suspended Twitter handle was followed by almost 3,08,500 people. The forum calls itself a "one stop resource for Pakistan defence, strategic affairs, security issues, world defence and military affairs," the report added.

Kaur later thanked users who flagged the morphed image:


Earlier on Saturday, Pakistan Defence also falsely tweeted that India had "refused to avail the generous offer made by #Pakistan to facilitate a meeting" between Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court for alleged involvement in espionage, and his wife, according to Hindustan Times.

However,  India accepted the offer, and asked for Jadhav’s mother to be included in the meeting.

The report added that the forum's Facebook page was also suspended after the factually inaccurate posts on Saturday.

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