Pakistan army spokesman, BJP leader’s spat over song causes Twitter storm

A screen grab taken from Thakur Raja Singh's video.
Updated 16 April 2019

Pakistan army spokesman, BJP leader’s spat over song causes Twitter storm

  • Military spokesman says Indian legislator copied song produced for Pakistan's annual republic day celebrations
  • Pakistani Twitterati slam Indian lawmaker for his act of plagiarism

ISLAMABAD: A spat between the spokesman of the Pakistan army and a leader of India’s Bhartiya Janata Party over a song that Pakistan claims is plagiarized caused an online storm on Monday as users took to Twitter to defend their respective nations.

On Sunday, Gen Asif Ghafoor commented on a song posted by BJP lawmaker Thakur Raja Singh on Twitter, and said it had been copied from a song composed by a Pakistani singer and released this year during annual republic day celebrations on March 23. Singh had dedicated his song, which he claims is an original, to the Indian army.

In response, Singh posted: “Good to see even #Pakistan media is covering my song #HindustanZindabad … We don't have to copy anything from a terrorist state like Pakistan.”

Ghafoor responded once again and said: “This lie too not a surprise. That’s what was said, we can’t be surprised,” referring to Pakistan’s refrain to India in February that India would not be able to catch it off guard after India claimed to have carried out airstrikes against alleged terror camps in Pakistan.

“You will never be able to surprise us. We have not been surprised,” Ghafoor had told reporters then.

Despite repeated requests from journalists, the Indian government has not produced evidence that a camp was destroyed in Pakistan or that any militants were killed in the February airstrikes.

The claims have been an issue in India’s general election, which started on Thursday. Senior government officials - including Prime Minister Narendra Modi - have attacked opposition politicians who ask for evidence as unpatriotic.

Satellite pictures have indicated that the main structures on the hill top India claims it targeted appear to be in similar condition after the attack as they were before.

Pakistan says Singh’s song is a copy of a song called ‘Pakistan Zindabad,’ originally produced this year by Sahir Ali Bagga for Pakistan’s annual republic day celebrations on March 23.

The army spokesman’s post about the song led hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Twitter users to post using the hashtag #ChowkidarChorHain (watchmen are thieves), calling out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Main bhi chowkidar” or “I am also a watchman” election campaign:

Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

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Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

  • Pakistan’s navy chief also met with the UAE army chief for talks
  • Admiral Abbasi will visit UAE Navy Units

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates Navy chief and discussed cooperation in maritime affairs at Dubai Naval Headquarters on an official visit to the UAE, Pakistan Navy media wing said on Monday.
On Sunday, Admiral Abbasi held talks with UAE army chief and under-secretary of the defence ministry.
“On the second leg of visit he (Admiral Abbasi) will visit different units of UAE Navy,” Pakistan Navy said and added that the visit would “improve bilateral ties specially in the file of maritime affairs.”
Pakistan and UAE navies have maintained close relations over the decades and Pakistan Navy collaborates with its UAE counterparts on various professional issues including training exercises, provision of trained manpower and port visits by fleet units in line with their long-standing collaboration.
In February, a Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising navy ships TARIQ and HIMMAT visited Abu Dhabi to participate in a leading trade show, the International Defence Exhibition/ Naval Defence Exhibition.
In the same month, both navies conducted bilateral exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability between them.
“During two days exercise, a number of evolutions pertaining to Maritime Security Operations, Search and Rescue, maneuvering drills, Maritime Infrastructure Protection, Communication, and Warfare related exercise were undertaken,” Pakistan Navy had said after the joint exercise.