KARACHI: An image has been circulating from posts on Twitter in Afghanistan claiming that Pakistan had a hand to play in the Kabul hospital attack which has left 24 dead so far.
The Express Tribune analysed the image used in the posts and found that it was doctored rendering the claim to be false.It was first shared by Afghan government official Najeeb Nangyal showing a bag with a Pakistani badge on it next to a rifle and a 9mm hand gun.
The former director of media and public affairs for the country's Interior Ministry, who is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy with Pakistan, said the items were "found inside the 100 bed hospital which was used to slaughter infants, unborn babies and their innocent mothers".
He went on to accuse Islamabad of backing of terrorist elements in his tirade and tagged the US state department and US ambassador in Afghanistan's official handles.Afghan Colonel Rahman Rahmani also shared the image on Twitter with the caption,"Developments: this rifle and bag [reserved armaments] were found at the hospital where terrorists, Taliban and their affiliates slaughtered innocent babies and mothers! Pakistan is the worst neighbor a country could have!"
Developments: this rifle and bag (reserved armaments) were found at the hospital where Pakistani terrorists Taliban and their affiliates slaughtered innocent babies and mothers!— Col Rahman Rahmani (@rahmanrahmanee) May 13, 2020
Pakistan is the worst neighbor a country could have! pic.twitter.com/l93wNjN6Un
The photo first appeared in 2014 on a Tumblr account a screenshot of which you can see below:
The same image was also found in an online google pinterest search for Pakistan armed forces which you can see below:
Writer Nadeem Farooq Paracha also pointed out how the photo was doctored to "exploit a tragedy".
"This is NOT the photo of what was found because this pic first appeared as a Display picture of a Facebook account in June 2019," he added.
No. Stop exploiting a tragedy. This is NOT the photo of what was found because this pic first appeared as a DP of a FB account in June 2019. pic.twitter.com/GNU2sSb0Tl— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) May 13, 2020
Even foreign policy expert Michael Kugelman warned against the fake news,"This photo comes from a Tumblr page posted six years ago. Not to mention, why would terrorists fleeing carnage leave out their weaponry neatly positioned like this, as if it were being advertised in an LL Bean catalogue? We all need to be extra vigilant about these things".
This photo comes from a Tumblr page posted six years ago.— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) May 13, 2020
Not to mention, why would terrorists fleeing carnage leave out their weaponry neatly positioned like this, as if it were being advertised in an LL Bean catalogue?
We all need to be extra vigilant about fake news. https://t.co/tWLlaGjGxL
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