December 09, 2019
ISLAMABAD — Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday termed a Dawn news item regarding joint patrol of the border by Pakistani and Iranian forces as “factually incorrect.”
The news was published on the national pages with the related picture on the front page.
DG ISPR took to the Twitter to clarify: “News published by Dawn today titled ‘Pak-Iran Forces jointly conduct border patrolling’ is factually incorrect. There is no joint patrolling anywhere on Pakistani Borders. Patrolling/operations if required are always on respective sides by respective forces through coordination.”
News published by Dawn today titled “Pak-Iran Forces jointly conduct border patrolling” is factually incorrect. There is no joint patrolling anywhere on Pakistani Borders. Patrolling/ operations if required are always on respective sides by respective forces through coordination. pic.twitter.com/9MnC0lbKMT— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) December 9, 2019
Interestingly, a number of Twitter users commenting on the DG’s tweet called for banning the newspaper while others demanded that Dawn should be fined.
However one user pointed out that the state-owned Radio Pakistan had also aired the same news. Mona S said: “Instead of correcting Dawn, correct the state owned Radio Pakistan first! Damn fools!” The news regarding joint patrolling by Pakistani and Iranian forces near Taftan is also on the website – www.radio.gov.pk.”
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