RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations department on Thursday denied issuing threat alerts for different cities across the country.
In a press release, the military’s media wing said that fake threat regarding different were being circulated on the social media. It denied having issued any threat alerts.
‘ISPR’s official website can be accessed to verify information [attributed to the armed forces],’ reads the press release.
The army’s media wing further stated, “This propaganda is a condemnable effort to spread fear [among citizens]. Citizens should keep an eye on fake calls, propaganda.’
Cheap handsets and data plans are bringing more Pakistanis online, increasing the impending risk of fake news and its consequences in the country.
With many users being first-time internet users unskilled in discerning fact from fiction, Pakistan is fertile ground for fake news to take hold and spread. Awareness is key to fight false information.