A Sialkot-based NGO says PTI used its volunteers' picture for ‘fake publicity’ – Research Snipers

A Sialkot-based NGO says PTI used its volunteers’ picture for ‘fake publicity’

A Sialkot-based welfare organization said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) uploaded a photo of its volunteers on the social networking platform Facebook claiming that they are the workers of the Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force established over the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

According to the details, two days ago, a post describing the functions and roles of the Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force was posted by the official account of the Prime Minister Imran Khan on the social media platform Facebook.

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The post on Facebook was attached with a picture showed three men standing outside a mosque. As per the details, two of them were in yellowish-green vests, while one was in black clothes. The picture was also shared on the official website of the force.

The photo which was shared on Facebook was captioned “Tiger Force front line volunteers”. Following the post, the members of the welfare organization expressed their surprise and distaste on social networking platform.

The volunteers appeared in the post said that they were not part of the “Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force” and instead had been working to disinfect the mosques with a civil society organization in Punjab’s city Sialkot for the last month.

“We strictly condemn this move by Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI),” one of the volunteers appeared in the picture said, adding that this was another attempt by the ruling party to take undue credit for the work which was done by someone else.

A Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar, on the other hand, said that the man in the black dress was a volunteer of the ‘Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force’ and his name is Sajjid Pervaiz.

While talking with a news channel, Dar said that one of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Tiger Force is to make sure that the mosques across Sialkot are disinfected regularly and he (Sajjid Pervaiz) has been supervising its implementation.

Dar further said that as many as 9,000 volunteers under the flag of the Tiger Force were working in Sialkot, according to the directives issued by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. “This incident is just an example of cheap politics,” Usman Dar added.

It is pertinent to mention here that the picture, however, was taken down from the official Facebook account of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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