A retired Indian army officer became the butt of a joke on Twitter after he mistook a photo from a Pakistani military-themed film as showing Pakistani soldiers who he falsely claimed were martyred in Afghanistan’s Panjshir valley.
Maj Gen GD Bakshi, posted a tweet claiming that the Pakistan Army had “suffered very heavy casualties” in Panjshir, where the Taliban and resistance fighters engaged in heavy fighting earlier this month.
Without sharing any evidence, Bakhsi tweeted that dozens of Pakistani soldiers had lost their lives and many others were wounded while supporting the Taliban in Panjshir. He wrote that a certain “Maj Gen Adil Rehmani has come back to organise discreet funerals in [the] dead of night.” Even though the account is not verified by Twitter, Bakshi’s tweets have been carried by Indian media on multiple occasions in the past.
Responding to his latest claims about Pakistani soldiers, a Pakistani account with the handle @Fauji_Doctor shared a picture from the set of the 2017 Pakistani movie *Yalghaar* — ostensibly to poke fun at the Indian ex-officer, and wrote: “My class fellow from school days Maj Aijaj 2nd from left and Capt Jufar 1st from left embraced martyrdom in Panjshir. They were buried yesterday in Peshawar. ISPR is trying to hide these casualties. They fought bravely and should be honoured as such. This is injustice by Pak Army.”
Pakistanis were amused by the Indian ex-officer’s apparent naivete, with Shaan himself replying to Bakshi’s original tweet with posters from Yalghaar. “Hello from the other side,” he wrote with the pictures.
Jaswal too found the mix-up hilarious, responding to Bakshi with a picture of him in commando gear and writing: “Hello dear [laughing emoji] from Pakistan.”