May 28, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Journalist Omar R. Quraishi Sunday claimed the picture used by the Punjab government to announce the inauguration of Sahiwal Coal Power plant was actually that of a plant in South Africa.
“Pic used by Govt of Punjab verified Twitter handle showing it to be of Sahiwal power plant is actually from South Africa,” tweeted Quraishi, who is editor digital properties at Samaa TV.
The tweet carries pictures and the respective announcements. The Punjab government announces: “ATTN: 1320 MW Sahiwal Coal Power plant – the first mega project under CPEC will be inaugurated tomorrow.”
The other image has this announcement: “South Africa says construction of coal-fired power plants to continue.”
However, later journalist Naila Inayat informed JournalismPakistan.com the image wasn’t that of a South African plant either. She claimed it was of Plant Bowen in Cartersville, Georgia, United States.
PPP Senator Sherry Rehman commenting on the story tweeted: “So funny” while comedian and rapper Ali Gul Pir tweeted: “Steal money from state and steal pictures from internet. Kuch toh chor do!.”
Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, daughter of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto tweeted two emojis bursting with laughter.
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