Debunking Misinformation: The Case of Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim
In the age of digital media, misinformation can spread like wildfire. This article aims to debunk some recent claims circulating on social media regarding Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim.
Masood Azhar: Alive, Not Killed
Islamabad Vibe on X: “Big Breaking: Indian “Unknown Men” have killed Masood Azhar in a Bomb blast on 1st January 2024. Blast took place when Masood Azhar was making #Tiktok while driving on Kashmir Highway Islamabad on Sept 18, 2019. https://t.co/qlajRbUdEA” / X (twitter.com)
On January 1st, 2024, Indian accounts started posting fake news about Masood Azhar who is the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), has been the subject of numerous rumors regarding his death. However, these claims have been debunked by multiple sources, including EMEA Tribune, which confirmed that Azhar is alive and well. The accounts are posting fake news and fake images. In another video Indian fake accounts are saying that Masood is killed at 5 am and showing video of afternoon of some other city. We have investigated the video and found that it was 7-8 years old video of KPK.
The TikToker Incident
A viral video and pictures of a TikToker Daniyal who tragically died in a car accident in Islamabad five years ago have been misused to propagate the false narrative that Masood Azhar has been killed. There is no authenticity to this claim, and it’s a clear case of misinformation.
Md. Saif Ali Khan 🇵🇰 on X: “Please don’t use cellphone while driving. Avoid overtake and over speeding. Spread awareness… #DaniyalKhan #TikTok #Accident May his soul REST IN PEACE https://t.co/T4aCEGpvM5” / X (twitter.com)
The Role of BJP IT Cell Accounts
Accounts like FrontalForce, BabaBanaras, and Times Algebra have been accused of spreading these false narratives to gain visibility and influence public opinion. It’s important to approach such information with skepticism and verify from reliable sources before believing or sharing.
Dawood Ibrahim: Another Target of Misinformation
Dawood Ibrahim, has also been a subject of death rumors. However, these were debunked when his close aide, Chota Shakeel, confirmed in a media statement that Ibrahim is alive.
It’s crucial to stay vigilant in the face of misinformation. Always fact-check information from social media and rely on credible sources. Misinformation can have serious implications, and it’s our responsibility as informed citizens to prevent its spread. Do not trust the accounts like FrontalForce, BabaBanaras, Times Algebra and others.