The final match of Cricket World Cup 2023 between India and Australia was played on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. AUS won the match by 6 wickets. Pakistani nexus in disseminating false information about India is widely recognised and well known. Only the home crowd, especially from people like Zubair, could make them successful. Let’s talk about how MD Zubair intentionally misrepresented Indian cricket fans and portrayed them negatively.
Pakistani nexus in spreading disinformation against India is well known. They would only succeed with home crowd support, especially from people like Zubair. Let's discuss how MD Zubair went out of his way to show Indian cricket fans in a poor light. (1/7)— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) November 22, 2023
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Thread 2: Claims Circulated after Travis Head’s Wife Got Targeted
According to recent reports, Travis Head’s wife was the target of online abuses and threats on Instagram by Indian fans. Soon after this news became viral, Tehseen Poonawalla Official (“@tehseenp“) shared the pictures from different online sources which claimed that Travid Head’s wife faced online threats and abuse from Indians after Australia won the Cricket World Cup 2023. According to him, the threats of death and rape directed towards Travis Head’s wife, along with other online abuse, are definitely coming from Pakistan. He requested the Union minister for IT to look into the matter and investigate it. He added, No cricketer will ever be mistreated or have their family threatened by our Indians. Pakistan is attempting to harm India with this, as India and Australia are close friends and members in QUAD. The verified account on twitter urged to use data and proof to objectively expose Pakistan in this regard. The tweet was made on Nov 20, 2023 and reached to an about 995.7k user accounts.
I can bet, that these online abuses & threats to #TravisHead 's family with death and r@pe threats to his wife are from Pakistan! I urge the Union minister for IT to immediately investigate the same. Our Indians will never abuse any cricketer or threaten their family ! This is… pic.twitter.com/BQPKFgjKNr— Tehseen Poonawalla Official 🇮🇳 (@tehseenp) November 20, 2023
Mohammed Zubair (“@zoo_bear“), Fact-Checker and Co-founder of Alt News, hurried to counter him and place the blame on Indian cricket supporters in response to the tweet made by Tehseen Poonawalla Official. He wrote “Hey @tehseenp, Not a good way to escape instead of addressing the issue. I’ve seen comments under Travis’s insta posts & have taken at least 18 screenshots yesterday after people pointed out on Twitter. Yes these are Indian accounts. What’s worse is, almost all of them are Minors”. He made the tweet on Nov 21,2023 at 2:44 AM.
Hey @tehseenp, Not a good way to escape instead of addressing the issue. I've seen comments under Travis's insta posts & have taken at least 18 screenshots yesterday after people pointed out on Twitter. Yes these are Indian accounts. What's worse is, almost all of them are Minors https://t.co/1wDHSFKy8B— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) November 20, 2023
In response to this tweet, @tehseenp replied back that few idiots who are already engaged in it are making an attempt to spoil the global reputation of India.
There maybe few idi○ts from here who are indulging in it & they must be booked. But the huge trend with the barrage of tweets is certainly not from here! We Indians by & large don't do this!— Tehseen Poonawalla Official 🇮🇳 (@tehseenp) November 21, 2023
It looks like an attempt to spoil our global reputation. An investigation is must!
After news surfaced recently that Indian fans targeted Travis Head's wife on Instagram. Tahseen Poonawalla @tehseenp made a statement that most of these threats originate from Pakistan. Zubair immediately jumped in to counter him and blame Indian cricket fans. (2/7) pic.twitter.com/GxaFOYNi2A— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) November 22, 2023
Thread 3: South Asian Index started spreading Fake news
The known Pakistani propaganda account South Asian Index quickly began disseminating the story “Australian Players Complain to Board Over Receiving Death Threats from Indian Fans for Them and Their Families.” This news is untrue and lacks a reliable source.
South Asia Index (“@SouthAsiaIndex“) tweeted “Just IN:— Several Australian cricketers have reported to Aussie cricket board for receiving death and ra/pe threats for them and their families from Indian cricket fans after world cup final.” on Nov 21, 2023.
Just IN:— Several Australian cricketers have reported to Aussie cricket board for receiving death and ra/pe threats for them and their families from Indian cricket fans after world cup final.— South Asia Index (@SouthAsiaIndex) November 21, 2023
D-Intent confirmed that the news spread is false and has no valid source.
Soon after that, the well known Pakistani propaganda account South Asian Index started spreading "Australian Players Complain to Board Over Receiving Death Threats from Indian Fans for Them and Their Families." This news has no valid source, nor is it true. (3/7) pic.twitter.com/ACmKFbGrBN— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) November 22, 2023
Thread 4: FREE PRESS JOURNAL deleted the article after publishing invalid news
Soon after, the South Asian Index tweet served as the sole source for an article on that topic published by FREE PRESS JOURNAL and crictoday. They only provide one tweet from a Pakistani account as a source for this news, nothing more. Afterwards, the article was removed by the Free Press Journal. The snapshots are attached below.
Soon after that, @fpjindia and @crictoday made an article on that with only the South Asian Index tweet as the source! They don't produce any other source for this news but only one tweet by a Pakistani account. Later, the Free Press Journal deleted their article. (4/7) pic.twitter.com/ejshKwXUsc— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) November 22, 2023
Thread 5: Zubair Realized it can go against him, so copied our thread
After realising the potential consequences and the extent of the damage, Zubair timidly forwarded the September @dintentdata thread on the South Asia Index, which he had disregarded earlier.
Mohammed Zubair (“@zoo_bear“) forwarded our thread whis was made on Sep 22, 2023. He tweeted on Nov 21, 2023 that the Pakistani account @SaimaMomin_ was changed to @SouthAsiaIndex in 2022. The same guy mostly runs even @OSINT_Insider account. He has received an about 29.5k views on X.
Zubair’s Tweet on Nov,2023:
D-Intent’s Old Tweet on Sep,2023:
As time passed, followers increased, and the account @JosephNadia__ became @SaimaMomin_ during 2020-21 and had numerous interactions with Pakistanis, such as a Pakistani account. ZarrarKhuhro had replied to @SaimaMomin_ about lynching of Priyantha Kumara, which still exists.(4/7) pic.twitter.com/4eOMJVXshX— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) September 22, 2023
D-Intent’s Current Tweet:
When the damage was done and Zubair realized it could go against him, he sheepishly copied @dintentdata thread from September on the South Asia Index, which he ignored back then. (5/7) pic.twitter.com/ozukPU5dZG— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) November 22, 2023
Thread 6: Zubair copy pasted random screenshots targeting Indian players without any verification
Zubair has a reputation for being especially interested in copy-pasting arbitrary screenshots that target Indian players without any kind of verification. These screenshots are then used by propaganda handles based in Pakistan to push their agenda.
He had previously acted in the same way towards Md. Shami and Arshdeep and tried to stop the blame on Pakistani fans.
Mohammad Shami was abused on Instagram, Many Godi Media anchors, RW influencers & Right Wing propaganda websites put the blamed on Pakistani fans. Many comments are now deleted but sharing a few screenshots of comments on @MdShami11's instagram post. Are they Pakistanis? https://t.co/QzP52XlUIt pic.twitter.com/FBeBNZzZtV— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) November 1, 2021
Zubair is known to be particularly interested in copy-pasting random screenshots targeting Indian players without any verification, which is later utilized by Pak-based propaganda handles to fulfill their agenda.— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) November 22, 2023
He did the same previously regarding Md Shami and Arshdeep. (6/7) pic.twitter.com/i2Ps8tJKgM
Thread 7: Pakistan-based propaganda account that runs anti-India propaganda under the name of South Asia Index
A propaganda account in Pakistan that publishes all the negative and fake information about India through biased reporting and made-up stories is under the same name of South Asia Index. The account is run by a Pakistani named Saima Mohin. We confirmed it and made the tweet on Sep 22, 2023.
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The journey of @SouthAsiaIndex ,a 🇵🇰Pakistan-based propaganda account that runs anti-India propaganda through invented stories and biased reporting under the name of South Asia Index. (1/7)— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) September 22, 2023
The account is run by a Pakistani, explosive thread – pic.twitter.com/nvuSQuZLz0