On October 20, India and Pakistan traded fire in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district in North Kashmir. “Both sides say they retaliated only after the other violated a ceasefire in place since 2003, allegedly killing civilians and soldiers on both sides,” reported BBC.
In the backdrop of the recent skirmish, Pakistani social media users have shared a video claiming that it depicts the Indian army waving a white flag to collect the dead bodies of their soldiers. “#IndianArmy hoists white flag to collect the dead bodies of their soldiers who were killed by the Pakistan Army at the Line of Control clashes” tweeted one such individual attracting nearly 70,000 views and over 1,200 retweets.
#IndianArmy hoists white flag to collect the dead bodies of their soldiers who were killed by the Pakistan Army at the Line of Control clashes.#PakistanArmy zinda bad👍💪
Pakistan painda bad.🇵🇰❤ pic.twitter.com/U3HneKzHi2
— Zahid Siddique (@ZahidSiddique_) October 20, 2019
A Pakistani user on Facebook wrote, “Indian Army struggling to pick dead bodies and evacuate injured soldiers. Indian Army raising white flag”
DG ISPR Says: Indian Army struggling to pick dead bodies and evacuate injured soldiers. Indian Army raising white flag. This they should think before initiating unprovoked CFVs and respect military norms by avoiding to target innocent civilians.
Pakistani Soldier, 6 Civilian martyred an Indian Troops resort to indiscriminate shelling from across LOC
Indian Army raising white flag 👇🏻
Posted by Hamza Siddiqui on Sunday, 20 October 2019
A similar claim was propagated by another Pakistani citizen on Twitter- “The #IndianArmy begged for peace with a white flag and took the bodies of their soldiers.”
One Riz Khan shared a message in Urdu which gave names of Indian army men who were allegedly killed.
بھارت کےہلاک ہونےوالےلوگوں میں
1۔کرنل گلمیت سنگھانیا
3۔رام بہادر گرنگ
یہ تینوں میجر
۲دیگر نامعلوم فوجی شامل ہیں
ساتھ 3 مکمل کیمپ نیست ونابود ہوگئے ہیں۔مزید نقصان کا اندیشہ
جو بچ گئےانہوں نےسفید جھنڈا لہرادیا تھا pic.twitter.com/iLOcc8B7GZ
— Riz Khan (@snake_truths) October 20, 2019
A keyword search on YouTube – ‘white flag army’ reveals that the video is at least one month old. A September 11, 2019, broadcast by Hindustan Times says, “Pakistan Army shows white flag, retrieves bodies of soldiers killed in cross border firing.”
Pakistan Army shows white flag, retrieves bodies of soldiers killed in cross border firing pic.twitter.com/tRt6mFVlt7
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) September 14, 2019
The video was uploaded by several Indian news outlets.
An old video, reportedly of the Pakistani army raising a white flag at LoC to retrieve the slain bodies of two of their soldiers, was shared as the opposite by Pakistani social media users.
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