The office of the Pakistani newspaper ‘The Dawn’ came under attack as hundreds of angry Pakistanis swelled around the office premises, blocking the entry and the exit, for reporting that the accused involved in the London Bridge attack had Pakistani origins.
#BREAKING,The office of Dawn in #Islamabad has been attacked by a crowd of hundred people,who have blocked the entry and exit of the building.
Consequences of Dawn leaks ?
Is #DGISPR panicking?#DawnNews #Pakistan #PakistanArmy#RememberingKhanShaheed @arifaajakia@TarekFatah pic.twitter.com/CbomoIcYG4
— Azeema (@azeema_1) December 2, 2019
The disgruntled people contended that the Dawn Newspaper has incorrectly claimed that the perpetrator of the London Bridge attack had Pakistani roots. Many on Twitter too hailed the attack on the Dawn claiming that Usman had no connection with Pakistan and the newspaper was simply besmirching the reputation of the country by linking the London Bridge attacker with Pakistan.
According to the report published in the Dawn, Khan is a British citizen born in the UK and of Pakistani origin. He left school with no qualifications after spending part of his late teens in Pakistan, where he lived with his mother when she became ill. After returning to the UK, he partook in promulgating extremism on the Internet and garnered a significant following.
However, this intricate detail was lost on indignant Pakistanis who claimed that since Usman was born and brought up in England, he cannot have Pakistani origins. Some other Pakistani Twitter users claimed that the Dawn is a propagandist media house that stands with the enemies of Pakistan.
Then people allege that the media is being controlled by #ISPR.
— Abdul Rehman Tiwana (@TiwanaTactics) December 1, 2019
Shame on this newspaper for maligning #Pakistan.
— Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@MirMAKOfficial) December 1, 2019
After Geo News, DAWN News stands with our enemies
Geo News try to prove Ajmal Qasaab is belonged to Pakistan.
Now Dawn News is trying to prove Usman Khan the Attacker of London Bridge is belonged to Pakistan.
The Nation should boycott such media houses
— شعیب مراتب سندھو(OfFiCiAl) (@ShOaIb_SaNdHu2) December 2, 2019
If attacking the newspaper ‘The Dawn’ wasn’t enough, incensed Pakistani Twitter users identified the journalist who reported that Usman Khan had Pakistani roots and unleashed an online mob on her. The user insinuated that the journalist worked on someone else’s payroll and there should be an investigation commissioned to find out from whom did she take the instructions to paint a British citizen as Pakistani.
Culprit spotted. Dawn Story done by @AtikaRehman. Is there anyone who investigates her from where she took instructions and how she get to know that man is British Pakistani.#BoycottIndianDawn #DawnNews #DGISPR @reportpemra @FIA_Pakistan @dawn_com pic.twitter.com/3ayEdBO19O
— عَادِل اسحاق (@link2adii) December 1, 2019
Pakistanis have been embarrassed by the fact that any terror incident that happens anywhere across the globe inevitably finds its roots to Pakistan. It is to avoid this embarrassment that the Pakistani Twitter users, instead of taking their government to task for facilitating terrorists and their activities, have indulged in attacking the newspaper that acquaints them with the uncomfortable truth about their country.