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Pakistan’s fake news gang busted, Twitter suspends 50 fake handles impersonating top Indian Army personnel

Not just fake handles, even verified Twitter handles belonging to Pakistani ministers and politicians have been found spreading blatant fake news and misinformation against India.

Despite being called out time and again for its fake propaganda against India, spooked Pakistan refuses to abstain. Along with fostering extremism and exporting terrorism, a frustrated Pakistan has been running propaganda warfare against India.

After getting almost 333 of its Twitter accounts suspended for writing on Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 it has once again driven Twitter to suspend another 50 bogus accounts impersonating Indian Army officers.

According to reports, the Pakistan Army has hired more than 200 handlers to make sleeper account on Twitter impersonating top officials of Indian Army in order to spread its fake propaganda with an aim to malign India. India Army which has been keeping a close watch on the nefarious activities of Pakistani agencies informed Twitter and other social media platforms about these fake accounts, following which Twitter blocked over 50 bogus accounts.

These accounts were created in the name of senior Army officers including Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat and Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh to peddle Pakistan’s manufactured lies about Kashmir.

“In the past 6 days at least 69 of my Indian soldiers have been killed in unprovoked fire by Pakistan Army,” a fake Twitter handle impersonating serving colonel serving in Jammu and Kashmir said.

Likewise, a fake Twitter account allegedly that of former Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia claimed, “According to my intelligence report there is more than 700 Kashmiri has been killed thousands of women were raped there is completely blackout, school colleges are closed. Shame on Us.”

A Twitter handles claiming to be Vice Chief of Army Staff Devraj Anbu said that the removal of Article 370 was a big mistake.

According to the Indian Army’s rules, serving officers cannot identify themselves in uniform on social media. All 50 suspended handles had DP of the said personnel in uniform.

This is, however, not the first time Pakistan has been caught red-handed trying to effectuate its odious motive against India through the cyber world. Since the time India has gone ahead with its bold decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and ISI have been routinely using Twitter and other social media platforms to spread fake and malicious news against India.

On August 13, the government had asked micro-blogging site Twitter to suspend eight accounts for spreading rumours about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. There was one fake account which pretended to be Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. According to journalist Aditya Raj Kaul, that account was run by the Pakistani Army, solely to spread fake news and indulge in fear-mongering.

Not just fake handles, even verified Twitter handles belonging to Pakistani ministers and politicians have been found spreading blatant fake news and misinformation against India.

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