'Fake, doctored': PML-N's Muhammad Zubair on 'video leak scandal'

After footage purportedly showing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Muhammad Zubair engaging in sex acts with an unidentified woman went viral, the former governor of Sindh categorically denied his involvement terming it to be a "new low in politics" along with claiming the video is "fake and doctored".

This is no politics. In fact a new low !! By launching a fake & doctored video against me.
Whoever is behind this has done an extremely poor & shameful act. I have served my
country with honesty,integrity & commitment. Will continue to raise my voice for betterment of Pakistan.
— Mohammad Zubair (@Real_MZubair) September 26, 2021

"Whoever is behind this has done an extremely poor and shameful act. I have served my country with honesty,integrity and commitment. Will continue to raise my voice for betterment of Pakistan," Zubair wrote on Twitter.

محمد زبیر کل اِس حوالے سے اپنا موقف اور بیان دینے کا ارادہ بھی رکھتے ہیں۔ https://t.co/53acyhEMTX
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) September 26, 2021

Earlier in the day, the mobile footage, which allegedly shows the PML-N leader in a bedroom with a blurred out woman spread like wildfire on social media with #ZubairUmar becoming the top trend on Pakistani Twitter.

بنیادی سوال؛ ویڈیوزکس نےبنائیں؛ کیوں؛ کس نے لیک کیں؛ کیوں؟ بنیادی طریقہ؛ فرانزک آڈٹ کیا جائے۔ تحقیقات کی جائیں۔اگرconsensual؛private ہو تو الگ معاملہ ہے۔اگرنوکری کاجھانسہ ہراسمنٹ وغیرہ ہو تو پھر احتساب توہوناچاہیے۔ویڈیومیں جس شخص کا الزام ہے اُسے بھی قانونی چارہ جوئی کرنا چاہیے۔
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) September 26, 2021

Netizens intensely debated whether the video was real and if so, how the 'footage' was leaked.

I have talked to the concerned person and he says its doctored and fake. https://t.co/7y8V3BuH8F
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) September 26, 2021

A slew of politicians in the country have fallen prey to footage showing them not on their best behaviour. 

 Earlier this year, Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan made headlines as footage of her getting into a physical altercation with PPP MNA Qadir Khan Mandokhail went viral on social media.

Footage of adviser to Punjab's chief minister Firdous Ashiq Awan physically and verbally assaulting Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Abdul Qadir Mandokhel during a talk show appearance has gone viral.#etribune #FirdousAshiqAwan #ViralVideo pic.twitter.com/0Ncn49O2P1
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) June 9, 2021


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