Propaganda and rumour-mongering swirl as India-Pakistan tensions rise

People shout slogans during an anti-Indian protest in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Feb 27, 2019.
People shout slogans during an anti-Indian protest in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Feb 27, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI - Pakistan and India both claimed to have shot down each other's aircraft on Wednesday (Feb 27), as they sought to gain the upper hand in a propaganda war while tensions escalate over Kashmir.

Pakistan was first to claim it had shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets, with a government spokesman saying one of the aircraft had fallen inside Pakistani territory and two Indian pilots had been arrested. It was later corrected to one pilot, whose image was tweeted.

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