News anchor Mubasher Lucman faced an embarrassing moment earlier in the week to say the least, when WikiLeaks denied his claim of a conversation he had with the organisation's editor-in-chief Julian Assange.
Lucman, who is no stranger to stirring up social media controversy, was left red-faced when WikiLeaks -- the international whistleblowing organisation -- responded to Lucman's tweet on MQM's Indian funding.
“Julian Assange was right when years back he first shared with me that MQM was paid by Indians.”
Julian Assange was right when years back he first shared with me that MQM was paid by Indians— Mubasher Lucman (@mubasherlucman) June 27, 2015
But Lucman's claim were quickly shot by WikiLeaks.
“Mr. Assange had not said such a thing,” WikiLeaks tweeted in response to Lucman’s tweet.
Further, WikiLeak's also responded to a tweet requesting the organisation for its documents on MQM.
Lucman’s tweet came days after a BBC report claimed the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was receiving financial and logistical aid from India.
Read: Karachi unrest: MQM received funds, training from India, BBC
In the age of digital media where information can easily be saved, tracked and authenticated, one would think people would be more careful but it seems Lucman is yet to learn his lesson.
Read: Mubashir Lucman suspended for 'off-air' comments: Report
In June 2012, the TV anchor was suspended for the comments he made ‘off-air’ while interviewing business tycoon Malik Riaz. Behind the scenes footage showed Lucman and his co-anchor Meher Bokhari talking to Riaz and Bokhari was heard saying a question is planted towards the end of the video.
The footage showed conversations between Lucman, Bokhari and Riaz focused on the kind of questions they will be asking. Both anchors were also instructed against interrupting Riaz during the interview.
Read: Supreme Court issues contempt of court notices to Mubashir Lucman, ARY CEO
Further, in September 2014, the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Lucman for airing a show that contained language critical of the judiciary.
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