Two cases are registered against Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar for allegedly making provocative remarks prejudicial to communal harmony in the state after the blasts at a prayer convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Kalamassery in Kochi last month.
India’s permanent representative in the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, launched a scathing attack on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for sharing an old Bangladesh video to show police brutality against Muslims in Uttar Pradesh.
Taking to Twitter, the UN envoy wrote: “Repeat Offenders”, adding the hashtag “Old habits die hard”.
He also tagged a 2017 photo of then Pakistani Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi, on the floor of the UN General Assembly, displaying a picture of an injured Gaza girl whose face was peppered with alleged pellets and then portraying her as a Kashmiri pellet gun victim.
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) January 3, 2020
India had then out at Pakistan saying it has callously exploited the picture of an injured Palestinian girl to spread falsehoods about India and to divert attention from Islamabad’s role as the hub of world terrorism.
The picture of the injured girl that Lodhi displayed was that of Rawya Abu Jom’s taken in July 2014 and published by The New York Times in March 2015 under the caption, “Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza”.
Akbaruddin invoked the gaffe by Pakistan as its Prime Minister yet again on Friday tagged a video of police brutality from Bangladesh along with a series of tweets. The caption on one such clip read: “Indian police’s pogrom against Muslims in UP”.
The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier slammed Imran Khan for peddling “fake news”.
“Tweet Fake News. Get Caught. Delete Tweet. Repeat,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted with the hashtag ”Old habits die hard”.
Indian Twitterati also flayed Khan for sharing fake videos against India.
The tweets by Imran Khan were posted as violence unfolded in Pakistan’s Nankana Sahib where hundreds of angry Muslim residents pelted stones on a Gurdwara with devotees inside the shrine.