A plethora of videos and posts, which have gone viral, aim to smear the organinc women rights movement.
The Express Tribune looks to debunk the cascading disinformation ever since International Women's Day was marked across the country.
The claim is false as the footage has been doctored to add the blasphemous chants.
#DharnaAgainstAuratMarch #BanAuratMarch— Syed Zaki (@SyedZaki23) March 11, 2021
This so called "Feminism" Ideology insulting Our Prophet Muhammad like its nothing or its in America#PMImrankhan Sir kaha gayi riyasat e madina sir???#Blasphemy_At_AuratMarch pic.twitter.com/hF9dEOryK3
The original video appeared on The Express Tribune Life and Style Facebook page during live coverage of the event taking place at Frere Hall.
Twelve seconds into the doctored video after "Imran bhe bolay azadi" (Imran must also hear our call for freedom) there is an abrupt jump with fake subtitles added with audio to make “Ansar” and “Orya” sound like something else. Ansar and Orya Maqbool Jan, who is a columnist and a guest on TV shows, routinely criticise the Aurat March movement. The organisers of the march also released the original footage with subtitles to dispel the assertion.
Images purportedly showing the French flag brandished at the Aurat March in Islamabad with social media users accusing them of subscribing to a "foreign agenda" also went viral. However, the claim is false as the French flag has blue, white and red stripes.
Whereas, participants held a flag with red, white and purple stripes, the banner of the Women Democratic Front, which is the main organisers of the marches in various cities.
The organisation clarified the same in a tweet.
The WDF flag represents grassroots feminism in Pakistan and has nothing to do with the French flag. We, at WDF, stand against all forms of imperialism and the accusation that we would ever wave the flag of a former colonial power is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/oZIjDB8XGu— Women Democratic Front #AuratAzadiMarch2021 (@wdf_pk) March 10, 2021
Another video claiming to show actress Mehar Bano defending LGBTQ+ rights while speaking to media persons at this year's protest in Karachi was also doing the rounds.
Promoting homosexuality is a new norm. Aurat march tha ya be heyayi march. pic.twitter.com/1NF0zlBwKU— zoni (@ZunairaRasheed4) March 8, 2021
"I think sexual violence against women is wrong, I think misogny is wrong...but there's nothing wrong with two men loving each other," The Churails star can be heard saying in the footage.The claim is misleading as the footage is from 2020 and not from this year's event.
The video spread like wildfire on Pakistani Twitter with #homosexuality becoming the top trend. Micro-bloggers weighed in on the fiery debate with the video being weaponised by trolls who used it as digital fodder against the Aurat March.