Amid political rivalry, thrashing someone’s character without any staunch proof and using it as a tool of political vengeance is a shameful trend that is rooted in the political structure of Pakistan.
By reading these sentences, most of you must be mentally linking to Ayesha Gulalai’s accusations on Imran Khan. However, another absurd controversy targetting Imran Khan’s character has left us all shocked as to what extent can an authentic and a fake tweet cause reaction among the public.
Where social media has given us all access to the outside world with a tap of one finger, it has also created an atmosphere of incredibility. A fake twitter handle of Australian model Lara Worthington accused Imran Khan of sexually harassing her back in 2013. The tweets called Imran Khan as a womanizer and called him synonymous to Weinstein, who is a controversial figure due to accusations of harassment.
Without even checking the authenticity of the account, people in no time started either bashing the model or using it as a tool to tarnish Khan’s image.
This is the real acc ?????
But khair hai we know u guys v welll pic.twitter.com/sOafqb5MBr
— Ûmër (@UmerElyas) October 16, 2017
#Calibir فونٹ ریلیزہونےسےایک سال پہلےاستعمال کرلیااوراس بارجولائی میں ہونےوالی ملاقات جون میں کروادی?
پٹواری اپنی کیلکولیشن سےپھڑےجاتےہیں? pic.twitter.com/uSIIDmZu1X
— کنفیوزڈ ? (@jazeera007) October 16, 2017
Slap on #IK face and # PTI
— sobia samir (@sobia_samir) October 16, 2017
یہ والا کام پہلے ہی پی ٹی آئی والے اپنے جلسوں میں کر چکے ہیں
— Minhas ahmad (@Minhasahmad11) October 16, 2017
Another lame attempt to defame Khan…
— Tabinda Niazi (@TabindaNiazi) October 16, 2017
This PML N social media team cant defame Mr khan
— Inam Ullah Khan (@InamUll09125262) October 16, 2017
Lara’s original account is verified on Twitter and is operative since 2010. However, the account that shared the tweets is active since August 2017.
This brings us to two points, one being that the creation of account during the same timeline when Ayesha Gulalai’s controversy was a hot topic is a question mark in its own.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 17, 2017
This appears to be a quite well-thought and well-planned controversy as Lara actually mentioned Imran Khan on her official Twitter account back in 2013 in a very vague and unexplained tweet.
— Lara Worthington (@MsLWorthington) July 19, 2013
Secondly, it is confusing that both the fake account and Gulalai have accused Imran Khan of harassment in the exact same year i.e 2013. Did Khan decide to harass all the women in the world in one particular year? God knows!
Moreover, after a prolonged silence, soon after the accusations made by Lara’s fake account, Gulalai came up with another accusation on Khan as well. Coincidence?
In all this, the role we are playing in making these fake and unverified virals as social media users is quite thought-provoking as well.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.