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#FakeNews #FactCheck Alleged Mistreatment of COVID-19 Quarantined Individuals in Taftan [Thread]

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On 19 March 2020 at 8:14am PST/3:14am GMT, Twitter handle 'husnulamin3' (Husnal Amin) posted a video purporting to show quarantined individuals being 'mistreated' in Taftan by Pakistani state authorities. Archived copy:
Muzammil Ahmed (@extkoer) has discovered that this video in fact is of Afghan refugees rounded up in Rafsanjan city of Iran's Kerman province dated 15 March 2020. Archived copy:
Husnul Amin is a known supporter of the ethno-nationalist 'Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM)' known for encouraging aggression against the state. His fake video was quoted by an Indian propaganda account belonging to Major General (Retd) Harsha Kakar. Link:
Husnul Amin is a visiting scholar for the Fulbright Programme (December 2019-December 2020), working on a project on PTM.
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Husnul Amin was acquainted with his host Prof Robert Nichols (History) during the latter's visits to Pakistan. The report claims PTM is a "millennial-driven" movement and Amin will study social media aspects of its mobilisation potential. Source:
Factually speaking, the PTM is a movement patronised and steered by a like-minded coterie of Pashtunistan advocates whose ideologies resonate with those of former Afghan President Mohammad Najibullah and whose narrative is routinely propagated through USAGM portals.
Husnul Amin's inherent political bias in favour of ethno-nationalists and against the state apparatus diminishes his credibility in making impartial studies on PTM. Furthermore, sharing of misleading content raises questions around his motives while being on a fellowship abroad.
It is unfortunate that an academic with a stature like that of Husnul Amin would resort to fake news and propaganda to iterate his held views [End]
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