Social media sites were rife with posts that a senior officer of an institution roughed up Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the highest office of the land.
Amid reports, the ‘Thapar Sharif’ started trending on social media, with top journalists, politicians, activists and social media sharing contrasting posts.
It all occurred at a time when the country of nearly 230 million is going through a period of political turmoil, with defiant politician Imran Khan planning to storm the capital.
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The formal process to appoint the next Chief of Army Staff also garnered attention while Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who usually spends his weekends in the provincial capital Lahore, stayed in the capital in anticipation of the announcement.
However, these social media posts were deemed fake by people aware of the development.
پہلے خبر دی عمران خان پر آخری دن حملہ کیا اب کہا جا رہا ہے کہ شہباز شریف کو بھی آج نشانہ بنایا گیا۔ یہ جھوٹی خبریں اپنی جعلی دہشت پھیلانے کے لیے پلانٹ کی جاتی ہیں۔ کسی کو بھی تشدد یا بد معاشی کا حق نہیں پہنچتا۔
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Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also trashed the notion that there were any differences between the federal government and the institution over the appointment of the top general.
Several government critics including Imran Riaz Khan and Sami Ibrahim were among hundreds of people who posted about the alleged torture.