Pakistan’s leading news channel Dawn News was reportedly hacked on Sunday after a huge Indian flag emerged on top of an advertisement being relayed on the channel.
Viewers of Youtube channel of Pakistani news-house Dawn were shocked after Indian Tricolour waved in glory on-screen during the broadcast. The words ‘HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY’ flashed just below. The incident took place on Sunday at 3:36 pm (Pakistan Time). There is no clarity as of now as to which hacker group did this. The video is being circulated widely on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Viewers tuned into the Pakistani news channel were also taken by surprise after seeing the Indian Tricolour on an advertisement for a disinfectant brand along with the message of ‘Happy Independence Day’ being relayed on the screen. This was repeated throughout the day over several advertisements being relayed on the channel.
Dawn bosses scrambled for damage control and put out a tweet in Urdu that said that the administration had ordered an inquiry into the matter. Many Pakistani netizens took to Twitter to point the blunder after which Dawn news issued an official statement saying, “Hackers attacked Dawn News TV today, after which the channel’s screen suddenly started broadcasting the Indian flag as well as the text of Happy Independence Day, on which an investigation into the matter has been ordered.” Dawn News said that the truth would be relayed to their viewers, adding that it was too premature to comment on the incident.