Fact Check: Were Indian flags waved at a political rally in Pakistan?

Amid the political turmoil in Pakistan, an image of the Indian flag in a sea of crowd goes viral on social media with the declare that the Tricolour was waved at a political rally organised by opponents of Imran Khan in Karachi.

The caption in Hindi superimposed on the image interprets to, “For 70 years, we were teased as Pakistani flags were waved at us. Now, in a rally in Karachi, the Indian flag was waved. Jai Hind”.

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has discovered the declare to be false. This is a morphed picture from a mass demonstration held in Karachi by opposition events in Pakistan on October 18.

Some verified Twitter handles have additionally shared the image. The archived variations could be seen right here, right here and right here.

AFWA probe

A more in-depth take a look at the viral picture exhibits that the Tricolour is raised on a white pole and never held by anyone. Using reverse picture search, we discovered comparable photographs of the protest carried by a number of media homes and social media handles in Pakistan. However, none of those photographs had the Indian flag as seen within the viral image.

On October 19, an analogous picture of the mass rally was carried by the “Dawn” in an article titled: ‘Stop utilizing military to cover personal failures,’ Maryam tells PM Imran at PDM’s energy present in Karachi.

According to the report, the image is of a serious gathering in Karachi organised by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance comprising 11 Opposition events. The gathering was held on October 18, wherein 1000’s of individuals participated, says the report.

We did an in depth comparability of the viral picture with the picture carried by “Dawn” and located the Tricolour lacking within the unique picture.

Similar photographs had been additionally carried by Indian media homes similar to “The Quint” and “News Click”, and uploaded on the verified Facebook web page of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).

However, we couldn’t discover a Tricolour in any of those photographs. Also, no media report mentioned an Indian flag was raised in Karachi in the course of the October 18 protest.

Many Indian media homes, together with “India Today” had printed movies of the rally.

AFWA additionally reached out to Karachi journalist Tauseef Raza Malik, who was protecting the protest rally at Bagh-i-Jinnah. Malik confirmed to us that no Indian flag was raised on the gathering.

“On October 18, I was at the venue reporting the rally. There wasn’t anything close to an Indian flag there. Also, someone waving an Indian flag during the anti-government demonstration would have definitely made news. The other Tricolour flags you can see in the image are of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party,” Malik mentioned.

A Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party flag (Image credit score: Wikimedia Commons)

Hence, it’s clear that the viral picture is morphed and no Indian flag was raised throughout anti-government demonstrations in Pakistan.

Visual from the Pakistan Democratic Movement gathering in Karachi

ClaimIndian flag waved throughout Opposition protests in Karachi, Pakistan. ConclusionThe image is morphed. A large demonstration in opposition to the Imran Khan authorities was held on October 18 in Karachi, however no Indian flag was waved.

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  • 1 Crow: Half True
  • 2 Crows: Mostly lies
  • 3 Crows: Absolutely false

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