Fake News Alert: Ex-Afghan Army Brigadier Wrongly Shown As Labourer In Viral Photo
Journalist Izharullah, on Twitter, fact checked Farhatullah Babar’s post about the Afghan soldier whose photos were doing the rounds on social media. According to Izharullah, the tweet claiming that an 88 year old Afghan soldier indulged in manual labour was without aid from the government is fake news, and he was in fact provided food for four months and a 10k funding per month by the Afghan government.
He also claims that the man was actually named Daud Shah and not Shah Mehmud Niazi. He served in the Afghan army during the Zahir Shah era for two years.
This photo is taking round on social media. His name is Daud Shah, and he was soldier in Afghanistan’s army during Zahir Shah’s era for two yrs. Kandahar’s governor visited him and pledged of giving him 10,000 a month and provided him food for four months. https://t.co/lreyFTrgv5
— Izharullah (@Izhar2u) April 11, 2020
Farhatullah Babar’s initial tweet on the Afghan soldier that takes a dig at no pension or retirement policy for the soldiers who risk their lives in wars:
یقین نہیں آتا کہ ہمسایہ ملک میں نہ ڈی ایچ ہے، نہ فوجی فاونڈیشن کے کارخانے اور نہ ریٹائرمینٹ کے بعد درجنوں ایکڑ زمین الاٹ منٹ کی سہولت – ایک ریٹائرڈ افغان بریگیڈیر کو ۸۸ سال کی عمر میں بھی محنت مزدوری کرتے دیکھ کر عجیب خیالات ذہن میں آتے ہیں https://t.co/w3jIsCwT0U
— Farhatullah Babar (@FarhatullahB) April 10, 2020