Pakistan runs fake social media campaigns over Moosewala killing
5 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
After Nepal links in Moosewala murder case, now Pakistan has launched a propaganda operation to paint India in a negative way
After Nepal links in Moosewala murder case, now Pakistan has launched a propaganda operation to paint India in a negative way, as well as phoney social media campaigns in response to the tragic killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
Unidentified assailants opened fire on Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known as Sidhu Moose Wala, on May 29 in his native village in Punjab, India, killing him. Pakistan is constantly chastised by the international world for violating human rights. In addition, the country’s politics are unstable, with frequent rallies and demonstrations.
Nonetheless, Pakistan sees the assassination of Sidhu Moose Wala as an opportunity to advance its goal. According to the Digital Forensics, Research, and Analytics Center, Pakistan saw it as an excellent opportunity to sail their propaganda ship.
Fake Pakistani accounts are using hashtags like #RawKilledMoosewala to try to smear India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing’s reputation (RAW).
The first tweet on Twitter after the news of Moosewala’s death broke about 6:15 p.m. on May 29 came from a Pakistani user.
This was only the beginning; following this first post, many Pakistani accounts made identical charges against India’s respected institution on social media. All of the accounts investigated were Pakistani accounts, according to the report.
The propaganda quickly gained traction. Following the selection of the agenda by prominent Pakistani figures, some Sikh organizations joined in to help maintain the façade. They even tried to draw analogies between the 1984 incident and the assassination of Moosewala.
All of the people behind the scenes who were fueling this agenda campaign appeared to be plagiarizing each other’s content in order to amplify the false narrative. A total of 26 accounts were submitted, all of which were Pakistani, with the majority of them belonging to former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.