Amid the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, a weekly Urdu newspaper in Pakistan has published a hate report insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his mother. The newspaper called PM Modi, the son of a prostitute in its headline, which sparked a huge backlash on social media.
The headline not only abuses Prime Minister Modi but also his mother as well. Things were not going good between the two neighbouring countries ever since the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and this recent abuse on Modi by Pakistan newspaper added fuel to the fire.
Hitting out at PM Modi, the newspaper, known to be published from Karachi, quotes news reports in India to strengthen its point. The Pakistani report, published on 21 March, said, adding that the Indian Prime Minister continues to threaten Pakistan time and time again.
However, the abusive report was disclosed after Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who lives in France, posted it on his Twitter handle. He stays in Paris since he started receiving kidnapping threats.
#Wtf!!! Is this for real?! A headline in an Urdu newspaper in Pakistan refers to @narendramodi as the son of a prostitute. The govt must stop such hate mongering and take action. pic.twitter.com/jPU8bW3ZDd
— Taha Siddiqui (@TahaSSiddiqui) March 29, 2019
The journalist said the Pakistan government must take immediate action and stop such spreading hatred. On the contrary, Pakistani journalist Naila Inayat told ThePrint the newspaper ‘Parcham’ is either published from Karachi or Faisalabad.
However, the contact numbers mentioned the newspaper’s website could not be reached. “Usage of this kind of language in the name of journalism is beyond repulsive. If it was printed and distributed, this goes on to show that the government has no regulation on small vernacular newspapers that can get away with any kind of hate speech,” Inayat said.