Did Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif announce a new CAA against India? No, the tweet is fake!

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Good news for liberals of India. Who do u want to first get Pak citizenship?

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Explanation

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, aims to provide Indian citizenship to refugees who sought safety in India before December 31, 2014, as a result of religious persecution of six minority communities in three neighboring countries: Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. On Monday, the Modi government announced the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024.

In this case, a tweet is circulated with the name of Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif. The post says, “To counter Indian Govt’s undemocratic and communal CAA, the Govt of Pakistan has decided to notify Pakistan’s own CAA, in which Indian Muslims who feel persecuted in India will be given the citizenship of Pakistan.” Many social media users use the above tweet image with a claim stating, “Good news for liberals of India. Who do u want to first get Pak citizenship?” You can view similar claim posts here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We began our investigation with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s X account, but we were unable to find any such posts. Then we searched his Instagram profile, but couldn’t find any news regarding CAA there also.

Additionally, we conducted pertinent Google keyword searches, such as “Pakistan PM CAA” and “Pakistan CAA,” but sadly, no news articles or reports containing this information could be found. If Pakistan had made such an announcement, it would have undoubtedly been covered by every news outlet and numerous articles discussing it in both India and Pakistan.

Lastly, to ensure that no posts had been removed from Sharif’s account, we looked through the Social Blade, but there was no such deletion.

This substantiates that his final tweet on X was sent on March 10, 2024, expressing gratitude to the president of the Maldives. There were no more posts after that.

All of this data implies that the widely shared X post was a digitally produced fake.

Conclusion:

Therefore, we deduce that the widely circulated rumor that Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif has announced a new CAA for oppressed Indian Muslims is a hoax.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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