In the backdrop of recent India-Pakistan cross-border skirmish, several Pakistani social media users have shared an image of slain soldiers claiming that they are Indian army men killed by the Pakistani army. The tweet posted below was shared by a user who identifies as ‘Cyber Defense & combat team of Pakistan’. She wrote, “Indian Army struggling to pick dead bodies…”

India and Pakistan traded fire in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district in North Kashmir on October 20. While India claims to have lost two soldiers and killed at least six Pakistani army men, the neighbouring country claimed to have lost only one solider and killed nine Indian army men. Both nations have rejected each other’s claims.

Another Pakistani citizen shared the same image and wrote, “In today’s clash, the brave army of Pakistan sent nine Indian soldiers to hell.”

One Milan Zahid took a step further and claimed that 53 Indian soldiers were killed the firing.

Old photograph

A simple reverse image search on Google reveals that Pakistani handles used an old, unrelated photograph to depict slain Indian army men. The oldest instance of this image discovered by Alt News dates back to 2014. A May 11, 2014 Gujarati report by Oneindia carried the image in a story about a Naxal attack in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli where seven policemen were killed.

An old image was therefore shared by several Pakistani Twitter handles to portray slain Indian army men in the recent cross-border skirmish.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.