#15AugustBlackDay, #KashmirBanegaPakistan create a stir on social media

Govt officials, celebrities lend support to social media campaign to express solidarity with Kashmiris


Azifa Ayaz August 15, 2019
#KashmirBanegaPakistan and #15AugustBlackDay have been used widely on all social media platforms/ PHOTO: FACEBOOK

KARACHI: Pakistan marked its 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday as 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' and all celebratory events were dedicated to Kashmiris suffering atrocities at the hands of Indian forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The solidarity movement was augmented in the digital domain with an effective social media campaign based on two hashtags - #KashmirBanegaPakistan and #15AugustBlackDay.

PHOTO: SCREENSHOT/TWITTER

Both #KashmirBanegaPakistan and #15AugustBlackDay have been used widely on all social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, which has also introduced a special frame for display pictures featuring red and green writing in Urdu.








Many celebrities also used their social media accounts to express solidarity with Kashmir and its people.







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🇵🇰PAKISTAN ZINDABAD🇵🇰 - #kashmirbanegapakistan

A post shared by Shahroz Sabzwari (@shahrozsabzwari) on Aug 14, 2019 at 3:52am PDT











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Happy Independence Day♥️ Pakistan Zindabad 🇵🇰

A post shared by AIMAN MUNEEB (@aimankhan.official) on Aug 14, 2019 at 5:22am PDT









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#15AugustBlackDay

A post shared by Imran Khan (@imrankhan.pti) on Aug 14, 2019 at 11:17pm PDT


This was not the first instance where tensions between Pakistan and India were also played out on social media.

When the nuclear-armed neighbours were on the brink of confrontation in February this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced mass criticism online from India's opposition parties.

Over in Pakistan, #WeStandWithPakArmy was trending in support of the country's armed forces and their response to India's military aggression.

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