Images of Pakistani journalist with opposition party chairman doctored to include envelope
A photo collage has been shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts in May 2021 alongside a claim it shows a Pakistani journalist accepting a bribe from the chairman of a Pakistani opposition party. But the image has been altered to include an envelope, purportedly filled with cash.
The photo collage was posted here on Facebook on May 26, 2021.
A yellow arrow drawn on the images purports to show that Zardari gave Mir an envelope filled with cash.
The post’s Urdu-language caption reads: “If Shah Mahmood Qureshi didn’t give the interview then how would I learn that an envelope is called ‘deep pockets’ in English. #DeepPockets. Deep pockets. Hamid Mir, Talat Hussain, Isma Shirazi, Gharida, Saleem Safi, etc”.
The phrase “deep pockets” has recently gained traction in Pakistani social media following a CNN interview in which Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, claimed Israel has “deep pockets” and “they control media”.
The interview sparked debate on whether Qureshi’s comments were anti-Semitic, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported here.
The photo collage began circulating online after Mir accused the Pakistani military of attacking journalists. He made the comments at a rally in Islamabad in late May, as seen in this video he tweeted on May 29, 2021.
Mir was subsequently criticised online, including by a government official of the Punjab province here, for speaking out against Pakistan’s military.
The images, however, have been doctored to include the envelope.
A reverse image search found the original images were posted on Mir’s Twitter account here on April 23, 2019.
"I love Sindhi Ajrak thanks @BBhuttoZardari @Mustafa_PPP @ShaziaAttaMarri @SoomroJameel,” the tweet reads.
There is no envelope in either of the original images.
Below is a comparison of the doctored images (L) and the original images (R):