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Image Of Poster Carrying Hate Speech And Attributed To PTI Appears On Social Media

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Images of a poster carrying hate speech, allegedly placed on Lahore’s Mall Road on behalf of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have appeared on social media in Pakistan. The poster bears the name and image of the PTI’s Mian Muhammad Akram Usman, describing him as ‘General Secretary Lahore’. The message on the poster reads:

“Hindu baat se nahin, laat se manta hai”

(The Hindu understands not through words, but through a kick)

It is not yet clear whether the image is from the 5th of February 2020, marked as Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan, or from some earlier time. Commentators on social media are condemning what they see as hate speech against Hindus in general – who constitute not just the majority in neighbouring India, but a significant minority in Pakistan too.

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