Imran Khan shared the video on his Twitter handle claiming that it was of police violence targeting Muslims in Uttar Pradesh (Photo Credit: ANI File)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's attempt to spread misinformation against India backfired as he had to face embarrassment for tweeting 'fake news' on Friday. Imran Khan tweeted a video of what he claimed was police action in Uttar Pradesh but turned out to be of an incident in Bangladesh from almost seven years ago.
Imran Khan shared the video on his Twitter handle claiming that it was of police violence targeting Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. He captioned it -"Indian police's pogrom against Muslims in UP".
Twitterati soon called out the Pakistan prime minister for tweeting fake news to target India. Many news and fact checking websites including News Nation did a fact check showing Khan was tweeting old videos. Soon, the tweeted videos were deleted from his account.
India's Ministry of External Affairs slammed the Pakistani prime minister for peddling "fake news".
"Tweet Fake News. Get Caught. Delete Tweet. Repeat," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted with hashtag 'Old habits die hard'.
Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, also tweeted with the hashtag 'Old habits die hard' posting a small video showing Pakistan's past and present lies. The video included screen shots of Imran Khan's tweets as well as a picture of Pakistan representative presenting a fake picture as evidence in United Nations.
"This is not from U.P, but from a May, 2013 incident in Dhaka, Bangladesh.The RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) written on the vests at 0:21s, 1:27s or the Bengali spoken, or these links would help you be better informed," Uttar Pradesh Police wrote on the microblogging site, tagging Khan's tweet.