A controversial cartoon taking a dig at Pakistan’s judiciary is going viral on social media. It is being widely believed that a US-based publication called the New York Herald published the cartoon.
To clarify, the cartoon pokes fun at Pakistan’s judiciary for appeasing the US by making the no-confidence motion against former Prime Minister Imran Khan successful.
Many PTI supporters shared the image as it apparently gives weight to Imran Khan’s narrative that he is the victim of a US-backed foreign conspiracy. Former Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari also shared the image in a now-deleted tweet.
“Imagine! What an insult to Pakistan brought upon by the US regime change conspiracy! Surely dark shadows getting a greater crimson,” Shireen Mazari had tweeted.
Furthermore, under the image shared by Shireen Mazari, there was a caption that read: “New York Herald cartoon in today’s Newspaper…What a great shame for Pakistan!”
Interestingly, the image is fake. For starters, the New York Herald ceased publication in 1924. The New York Herald was a large-distribution newspaper based in New York City that existed between 1835 and 1924. However, the New York Tribune acquired it to form the New York Herald Tribune.
The New York Herald has been out of circulation since the Khilafat Movement.
It was last published 98 years ago. pic.twitter.com/uI0j6IZHV0
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) April 30, 2022
Moreover, the cartoon has been edited to show Pakistan’s flag and to carry the words “No-Confidence approved”. The original cartoon contained the flag of the UK and had the words “Assange extradition approved.”
Additionally, a far-left American newspaper originally published the cartoon by a Brazilian artist on 21st April.
https://t.co/cjen1yDNOf is a far left American tabloid with pro-russian leaning. Here is the link to cartoon by Brazilian Carlos Latoff which was referred by Dr Shireen Mazari to have been published by New York Herald that was closed 98 years ago.
Link: https://t.co/VPN3UPsQBG pic.twitter.com/StNepo97J6
— Muhammad Ibrahim Qazi (@miqazi) April 30, 2022
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, on numerous occasions, has accused the US of hatching a conspiracy to topple his government. Moreover, Imran Khan’s claim of a Western power conspiring to dislodge him and his government by sending a threatening letter caused quite the storm in Pakistan. However, the US has firmly rejected the allegations on multiple occasions.