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FAKE NEWS ALERT: Indian media plays clip of a video game saying Pakistan Air Force attacked Panjshir

ISLAMABAD: Social media users had a field day mocking and ridiculing fake Indian media after Republic TV and Zee Hindustan used footage from a military tactical video game Arma-3 while the hilarious report claiming that it was the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) who attacked the anti-Taliban fighters in Panjshir Valley.

A clip was shared on the official handle of Republic TV which cited “Pakistan Army supporting Taliban against Northern Alliance in Panjshir”.

The news was debunked by an Indian journalist Mohammed Zubair who claimed that the fake news media has used a clip from a video game.

Meanwhile, the Indian media, following its propaganda, accused Pakistani forces of aerial bombing in Panjshir valley – the recently captured valley in Afghanistan.

The embarrassment for India didn’t end here as the Indian journalist also debunked fake news shared by India Today which claims that a Pakistani fighter jet has been shot down in Afghanistan while combating on behalf of insurgents.

In reality, the picture was actually of an F-16 fighter jet which was crashed during training in Arizona.

This is not the first time since Indian media got exposed to spreading fake news about Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistani netizens slammed the claims of the Pak Army helping the Afghan Taliban against Ahmed Masoud in Panjshir valley.

This time French public intellectual Bernard-Henry Levi also jumped the bandwagon of Indian media as in a recent tweet he claimed that Pakistan Army commandos are fighting with the Taliban against Ahmed Massoud in Panjshir valley.

Indian media is kicking up fuss amid the recent development and especially the recent visit of DG ISI General Faiz Hameed to Kabul.

Earlier, EU DisinfoLab debunked a vast network of 265 coordinated fake local media outlets in 65 countries serving Indian interests, as well as multiple dubious think tanks and NGOs. This network was active in Brussels and Geneva in producing and amplifying content designed to, primarily, undermine Pakistan.

Around 265 fake media outlets and NGOs were involved in producing content designed to undermine Pakistan.


(Editor’s Note: The phrase ‘Fake News’ is not a scientific term. If facts of information are inaccurate it cannot be called news in the first place. It would be categorized as misinformation or disinformation. othernews.pk has opted to use this phrase as the mass searches and prefers the term ‘Fake News.’)

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Ali TM is a Pakistani journalist, writer and an academician. He has reported and edited for various English print media organizations. Currently he is the Editor in Chief of www.othernews.pk.
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