Delhi: A screenshot from Covid.gov.pk website is going viral in India claiming that Pakistan agreed that POK belongs to India on their official website, Many journalists shared the screenshot from Pakistan’s COVID website. Republic world wrote an article “Pakistan Government Website Blunders Out The Truth, Confirms That PoK Is A Part Of India” (Archive).
Many Journalists goofed up with Google maps.
Anjana Om Kashyap tweeted “पाकिस्तान, ये डर अच्छा है! भारत का सही नक़्शा दिखाया।” (Pakistan, good that you are actually scared and showed the real map of India), got over 4.5K RT and 21k Likes. (Archive)
पाकिस्तान, ये डर अच्छा है!
भारत का सही नक़्शा दिखाया। pic.twitter.com/Uocf8uPrG2
— Anjana Om Kashyap (@anjanaomkashyap) May 21, 2020
Ashish Singh a journalist(from his bio) tweets “Finally, Pakistan has officially accepted that J&K is an integral part of India.”, tweet archive here. The tweet went viral with 3.4K RT and 11K likes. Many twitter users copied his tweet and tweeted the same. Look at some here.
Finally, Pakistan has officially accepted that J&K is an integral part of India.
Believe it or not! Pakistani govt's official website on Covid-19 https://t.co/cHGybTlS3q has shown J&K as part of Indian territory.
Check this out 👇 pic.twitter.com/Z4ngqC9ASt
— Ashish Singh (@AshishSinghNews) May 21, 2020
— Aditya Chaudhary (@hrypr) May 21, 2020
When we started looking at the claim, we found an article published by Washington Post with heading “Google redraws the borders on maps depending on who’s looking”, which shows two versions of the view of google maps of Kashmir. The left side is a view of Kashmir when you see from Paksitani which shows full POK as a disputed line and right side in the view from India which shows POK and J&K is part of India.
For more details on how Google showed disputed maps please watch this Washington post video “Google maps changes disputed borders based on where you’re searching from”.
To validate the above claim of Republic and other social media about Pakistan agreed POK belongs to India, we used a VPN to view the map embedded in the covid.gov.pk website (Now they’ve removed the maps section from their website), we found exactly the same view what was published by Washington Post. We also found an article from Outlook and the Hindu “Google Maps Shows Kashmir Border As ‘Disputed’ When Seen From Outside India” published in FEB 2020.
Conclusion: According to Washington Post, Google has a mechanism to show the disputed borders based on Location and where you’re viewing from, we Factonews.co strongly believe POK is part of India but the claim of Pakistan agreed the POK is part of India on their official COVID website is found to be false.