Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Falls For Navjot Singh Sidhu's Parody Account
Earlier, fake Sidhu handle got a warm welcome from Pakistani Twitterati.
File photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Parody accounts of celebrities and politicians can be a respite from otherwise daily mundane updates from verified, PR-friendly accounts; but a fake Twitter handle of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Recently, Pakistanis on the microblogging site welcomed Sidhu with open arms when the minister tweeted, “Leaving home to visit Pakistan. I’m very excited to see Imran Khan and I am very lucky that Imran Khan called me.[sic]” Wishes and congratulatory tweets started floating the website but soon netizens realised that the post they were sharing came from Sidhu's parody account (@NavjotSingh_1).
And now, the latest handle to take the bait of the fake account happens to be Pakistan's Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting - Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry.
Posted on Saturday, the fake account thanked Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Bajwa for the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor in a tweet and also stated that Pakistan was his second home.
"Today I have been invited by the Government of Pakistan On the occasion of opening the #KartarpurCorridor. I am grateful 2Prime Minister Imran khan & Army chief. All Sikh community is thankful 2Pakistan. Pakistan is my second home. And I'll definitely come on this happy occasion,” the tweet read.
The tweet started doing the rounds on the platform and somehow ended up on Hussain's Twitter timeline. Sensing nothing wrong in a seemingly harmless tweet, the Pakistani minister promptly retweeted the parody account tweet.
Created in October 2018, Sidhu's parody account has garnered nearly 10K followers but has posted only 31 tweets.
In case you're wondering, this is Sidhu's verified Twitter handle (@sherryontopp).
While the tweet came from a fake account, Sidhu will pretty much be attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Border corridor.
In fact, Sidhu crossed the Attari-Wagah border into Pakistan on Tuesday and will attend the ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor today, saying no one from the Centre had objected to his visit.
Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan comes a day after he skipped the foundation-laying ceremony on the Indian side, saying he was not into any credit war. Speaking to News18, he had said that the “full credit” of the decision to develop and open the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara Corridor between the two countries goes to “friend” and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
The foundation stone on the Pakistani side of the corridor will be laid by Imran Khan on Wednesday. The corridor would aid the passage of Sikh pilgrims from India to worship Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan which was built to commemorate the site where Guru Nanak Dev, the Sikhs first guru and founder of Sikhism, lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.
Sidhu thanked Pakistan Prime Minister ImKhan for making this corridor possible which he said will help promote peace between the two countries.
"This will erase enmity between the two nations," Sidhu said.
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