Why a Pakistan-based handle was suspended after a tweet on DU student

DU student has further requested not to communalise the issue and use it to spread hatred against Pakistan

A verified Pakistan-based handle was suspended by Twitter after it misused a photo of a Delhi University student. Kawalpreet Kaur, a DU student and a leader of All India Students’ Association (AISA) had put up a photo on her Facebook account in July during the ‘Not In My Name’ protests holding a placard with Jama Masjid in the backdrop. One of the Twitter handle, Pakistan Defence (@defencepak) used Kawalpreet’s photo and photoshopped the text on the placard.


The Pakistan-based Twitter account had posted a morphed photo of Kawalpreet with a placard, which read “I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kashmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagadh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa,” and the description on the tweet read ” Indians are finally realising the truth, their country is a colonial entity.” Had Kawalpreet not noticed it and reported it, it would have gone viral soon.

A Twitter user, Aveek Sen shared the screen shots of the tweet from the now-suspended account:

DU student Twitter

Source: Aveek Sen/ Twitter

Pakistan Twitter account DU Student

Source: Aveek Sen/ Twitter

However, the actual text read, “I am a citizen of India and I stand with the secular values of our Constitution. I will write against communal mob lynching of Muslims in our country. #Citizens against mob lynching.”

DU student Pakistani Twitter

Source: Aveek Sen/ Twitter


Kawalpreet Kaur told the Indian Express“I had used this photo as my profile picture on Facebook… So maybe that is how someone downloaded it and used it against me. This isn’t the first time the photo has been misused. Earlier, too, I had complained to the Delhi Police cyber cell, but nothing happened against those who had used the picture. But today, it came as a shock since it was shared by a verified account, and despite telling them, the photo was not taken down. It had become a matter of my security.” 

The account was reported by many on twitter and has since been suspended to the relief of Kawalpreet and her well-wishers.

Pakistan Twitter DU Student

Source: Dj/ Twitter

Kawalpreet has further requested not to communalise the issue and use it to spread hatred against Pakistan.