Were Pro-Pakistan Slogans Raised at AIMIM Rally in Ghaziabad?
On 26 November, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala and Jansatta on the basis of a video ran a story which claimed that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised at an AIMIM rally in Ghaziabad, UP.
The video of the rally subsequently went viral. In the clip now widely circulating on social media, bike borne AIMIM cadres are seen raising slogans which, according to Jansatta and Amar Ujala, sounded like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. Amar Ujala went to the extent of asking viewers to identify the people participating in the rally and intimate the police regarding the same.
The Dainik Bhaskar headline read “गाजियाबाद में AIMIM कैंडिडेट की रैली में लगा ‘पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद’ के नारे, VIDEO वायरल” (‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised at AIMIM candidate rally in Ghaziabad, video viral”) while Jagran carried the story with a similar title (“गाजियाबाद में AIMIM प्रत्याशी की रैली में पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद के नारे” ).
To confirm the veracity of the story, Alt News spoke to the SHO of the Sahibabad division, Ghaziabad, who said no pro-Pakistan slogans were raised at the rally. “I heard the audio of the clip. No such slogans were raised. The cadres were raising slogans in favour of the local AIMIM candidate Haji Shahid. However, investigation is currently on,” he added.
Haji Zeeshan is a shopkeeper in the area from where the rally was passing-by. Enthusiastic MIM supporters raised slogans of ‘Haji Zeeshan Zindabad’ which could be heard as Haji Shan Zindabad’. This slogan was deliberately misconstrued as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
Moreover, it can be clearly seen in the video that the bike borne cadres were carrying the tricolour and the flag of the AIMIM. The inflammatory article was subsequently removed by Amar Ujala from their website. However, rest of the publications have kept the story intact.
This news comes only a day after mischievous reports emerged claiming that ‘Hafiz Saeed Zindabad’ slogans were raised at Lakhimpur Kheri in UP. Alt News had debunked the rumour, which can be read here.
A deliberate attempt was made to foment tension and hatred on the basis of a video which was not even doctored. Was this a calculated strategy by nefarious elements to keep the communal pot boiling in view of the just concluded civic polls in the state?
(This article was originally published on AltNews, and has been republished here with permission.)