The Ministry of External Affairs slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for peddling "fake news" after he tweeted a video of what he claimed was police action in Uttar Pradesh but turned out to be of an incident in Bangladesh.
Khan shared the video on his Twitter handle claiming that it was of police violence targeting Muslims in UP. 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. Later, the tweeted videos were deleted from his account.
"Tweet Fake News. Get Caught. Delete Tweet. Repeat," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted with hashtag 'Old habits die hard'.
"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.
India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, also slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for peddling a seven-year-old violence video from Bangladesh as a case of what he claimed to be "Indian police's pogrom against Muslims in UP".
"Repeat offenders. Old habits die hard," wrote Syed on Twitter while taking a jibe at the Pakistan PM.
Meanwhile, Twitter users flayed Khan after he tweeted an old video clip of violence in Bangladesh but blamed "Indian police for action against Muslims in Uttar Pradesh".
#ImranKhan trended with 19,000 tweets as Twitter users criticised him. Some even posted memes to make fun of him.
(With agency inputs)
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