Prophets controversy: Pakistan waging disinformation campaign against India


Pakistan is again using social media to defame India after a row over remarks on Prophet Mohammad by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma during a TV debate as majority of users who interacted on the hashtag were from of Pakistan, reported the Digital Forensics Research and Analysis Center (DFRAC).

Out of over 60,000 users analyzed, the majority of them were unverified users who all interacted with the hashtags. 60,020 were the unverified accounts from different nations who all interacted on hashtags with more than 7,100 accounts from Pakistan.

With a lot of baseless and misleading news playing with people’s minds, Pakistan’s digital media and users shared many misleading images.

According to the DFRAC, several media outlets, including the Pakistani newspaper Ary, had spread false news that the Grand Mufti of Oman had announced a boycott of Indian products. Although he criticized the remark about the Prophet Muhammad and asked all Muslims to unite against it. But, the claim that he started the Boycott India trend is misleading.

Similarly, former Pakistani Ambassador Abdul wrongly claimed that expelled BJP leader Naveen Jindal was the brother of Industrial Jindal.

Additionally, a fake screenshot on behalf of England cricketer Moen Ali in which he talks about boycotting the IPL has also gone viral. Some of the most commonly used hashtags were #Stopinsulting_ProphetMuhammad, #boycottindianproduct among many others.

Several countries, including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, Maldives, Oman, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Iran, strongly condemned Sharma’s remark on the Prophet Muhammad, while Iran, as well as Qatar, have issued statements that they are satisfied. with the Indian government’s actions against the leader who made the controversial remark about the Prophet Muhammad, the DFRAC said.

However, hatemongers like Khaled Beydoun, Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah and Ali Sohrab had another opportunity to spread hatred and communalism.

Khaled Beydoun started posting with the hashtag #BoycottIndianProduct and also dragged the Kashmir issue in between.

Nupur Sharma’s remark on a televised debate was criticized across the country as well as internationally. After the controversy ignited, the BJP suspended Nupur Sharma’s membership and expelled Naveen Jindal.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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