This comes after former Pakistani envoy to India Abdul Basit was ridiculed by social media users for sharing a screengrab from a pornographic film of Johnny Sins mistaking it to be a Kashmiri man who lost his vision by pallet gun.
As per the findings of AFP Fact Check, a global news agency, the viral images on internet are from the Indian TV series “Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi”.
The images are part of a scene showing protagonist Shakti Arora being beaten by police in prison.
The images were widely shared on social media on 28 August, in a bid to put down the Indian Army and to highlight the “torture” inflicted upon Kashmiris as security forces have been deployed there to prevent any untoward incident following the Indian Parliament's decision to abrogate Kashmir’s special status.
The misleading post, claiming to be of Kashmiri journalist Fahad Bhat read: “Last night Indian Army arrested Kashmiri Journalist 'Fahad Bhat' from his home. They are torturing him. World has time for Amazon Forests but no time for Kashmiris. WHY?”
Last night Indian Army arrested Kashmiri Journalist 'Fahad Bhat' from his home. They are torturing him. World has time for Amazon Forests but no time for kashmiris. WHY ?#RoadToFreeKashmir #KashmirBleeds pic.twitter.com/t4ZgQVD35N— B I L A L. (@Iambilalyounus) August 27, 2019
Also, no record of a Kashmiri journalist named Fahad Bhat was found by AFP.
Many Indians also took to Twitter and slammed those spreading fake news about Kashmir on social media.
Here you could use other pictures in this shooting of TV serial to discredit and cause law and Order problem in Kashmir.— Anup Sayare (@sayareakd) August 27, 2019
It will also help you to make more fake tweets for ulterior motive and malafide intentions. https://t.co/0FpgWlq0iD
Abe jaahil Wo Shakti Arora hai... TV serial actor... It's a still from his serial ye ashiqui...saale jab joker Ho Tumlog 😂😂🤣🤣— Dr. Sushi (@rude_doctor25) August 27, 2019
Yess mene get up dekh kr pehchan lya tha thn mene yt pe search Kya just look at thiz 👇 pic.twitter.com/5e4gtvqX7Q— 𝓢𝔂𝓮𝓭𝓪𝓡𝓲𝓶𝓼𝓱𝓪✨ 〝𝓐𝓲_𝓜𝓲 '𝓈 𝓑𝓾𝓭𝓭𝔂〞 (@syeda_ilma) August 27, 2019
Earlier, a similar attempt to malign India’s image was made by Former Pakistani envoy to India Abdul Basit, who shared a screengrab from a pornographic film of Johnny Sins claiming it to be a Kashmiri man who lost his vision by pallet gun. However, the post was soon deleted by him but its screenshots were widely shared on social media.
Ex Pak High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit twitted image of porn movie star @JohnnySins & claiming he is Yousuf from Anantnag,J&K who got blind by a pellet injury.@abasitpak1,like Pak Army Your bullets are also hitting 2 feet above the actual target.— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) September 2, 2019
Effect of LSD or Opium ? pic.twitter.com/wdbTMsrcB8
Tempers have been running high between Indian and Pakistani social media activists, after New Delhi stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status on 5 August. Both sides use social media to jab at each other, using fake images, videos and memes.