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‘Pellet-hit’ images of leaders and stars go viral in Valley

A morphed image of Shah Rukh Khan.

A morphed image of Shah Rukh Khan.  

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The morphed images created by a Pakistani lawyer showing leading Indian figures as hit by pellet guns have gone viral in the Valley.

The morphed images created by a Pakistani lawyer showing leading Indian figures as hit by pellet guns have gone viral in the Valley, with separatists and their supporters in Kashmir actively sharing them on social media.

The brain behind an emotional online campaign launched after the Peshawar school carnage in Pakistan, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, with artists Batool Aqeel and Murtaza Abbas, has morphed photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Aishwarya Rai and cricketer Virat Kohli.

The portraits, in black and white, resemble the pellet victims in the Valley. Each figure has a letter attached to it and addressed either by a pellet victim or a doctor treating such victims, to evoke a mass reaction in Pakistan and the Valley.

“We request everyone to tweet the Kashmir pellet wound posters to the respective celebrities. Push them to speak,” Mr. Nasir tweeted.

Zuckerberg attacked

Pakistan artists especially attacked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, accusing the portal of taking down more than 3,000 posts, including provocative images on Kashmir.

“We are sorry we let you down. We tried to post your interviews and pictures of your injuries on Facebook to get the word out, but Facebook keeps on taking them down citing their ‘Community Standards’,” reads a sarcastic letter to the Facebook founder. The images have become instant hit in the turmoil-hit Valley.

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