On last Monday evening at around 5.30 pm a news of China-India war went viral after a mainstream Pakistani media broadcast a report of 158 Indian soldiers’ death as Chinese soldiers hit ‘enemy positions’ with “rocket launchers, machine guns, and mortars” in Sikkim region.
Pakistani Dunya News reported on their website, “The development came in after China flexed its political muscle in the area today close to Tibet border with a fully equipped brigade indulging in live ammunition drill, China’s state television reported.”
This news attracted huge outcry in India. Official spokesperson of Indian foreign ministry, Mr. Gopal Baglay rejected the report as “utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous”.
India and China has been going through intense tensions at their borders. In Doklam region in the Sikkim sector, stalemate between their armies has sparked the crisis as diplomatic effort to ease the tension seems to malfunction with Beijing demanding India to withdraw its troops to start any dialogue. The fake report warned both Indian and Chinese sides.
Mr. Gopal Baglay said during addressing the media, “Such reports are utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous. No cognisance should be taken of them by responsible media”.
Official spokesperson of Indian foreign ministry, Mr. Gopal Baglay rejected the report as “utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous”.
The Chinese government, however, hasn’t mad any official statement yet regarding the news, but Chinese mainstream media has denounced the report as ‘groundless’.
In an investigative report published on the People’s Daily, the authenticity of the report by Pakistani Dunya News has been denounced with reference to the Chinese embassy in India. The Global Times of China also denounced the report as “groundless and fake”.
The other Pakistani media outlets claim the report to be fake as it is an unverified information based on social media stories and internet, People’s Daily reports.
Dunya News, however, hasn’t yet retracted the news from their website nor did they delete their tweet.