Hamna Iqbal Baig

Hamna Baig is a fact-checker at Soch Fact Check. She has a BA in Media Sciences from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology and an MA in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Kent. Her stories have appeared in an international media outlet, Pioneers Post as well as in local online and print publications in Pakistan; DAWN, ARY News and SAMAA Digital. She covers culture, social issues and social entrepreneurship as a freelance journalist.

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Claim: A video shows federal minister Ahsan Iqbal accusing the army chief of selling Pakistan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and calling his own government traitors. He has also resigned from the ministry.  Fact: Ahsan Iqbal has not resigned from his post. The viral video is from Imran Khan’s tenure and its audio has […]

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Claim: An Indian man will send an artificial limb for a camel whose right leg was chopped off in Sindh’s Sanghar district on 14 June. Fact: The camel will not receive any prosthetic limb from India. Instead, a Pakistani company, Bioniks, is supporting the injured animal by working on a prosthesis. On 16 June 2024, news […]

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Claim: American professor, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky has died. Fact: Chomsky is alive. His wife refuted reports of his death, clarifying that he was hospitalised in Sao Paulo, Brazil but has now been discharged. On 19 June 2024, X (formerly Twitter) user @NiohBerg claimed that American professor, linguist and intellectual Noam Chomsky had died. […]

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Claim: A video shows former first lady Bushra Bibi talking about a kiss with a man during an interview.  Fact: The video is a deepfake, with Bushra Bibi’s face superimposed onto the footage of another woman which dates back to November 2022. On 26 April 2024, Facebook user Akbar Gilgiti posted a video of Imran […]

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Claim: A screenshot of a New York Post article suggests that the United States Congress will vote on a bill that criminalises questioning the events surrounding the 11 September 2001 attacks. Fact: The screenshot of the New York Post article is altered. The publication did not report on any such story, and there is no […]

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Claim: A video shows a news anchor crying while remembering the former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan during a live transmission.  Fact: The video has been altered to include an image of Imran Khan and the former president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi. It is actually from July 2019, and shows an Orient News […]

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Claim: A video shows the aftermath of an assassination attempt on Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  Fact: The video is from 16 March 2024 when a car caught fire due to an accident on King Salman Road, Riyadh. On 7 May 2024, X (formerly Twitter) user SANTINO (@MichaelSCollura) posted a video claiming that […]

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Claim: A video shows former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif receiving a grand welcome on his recent “unofficial” visit to China.  Fact: Although Sharif went on a trip to China in April, the video is from his trip to Beijing in July 2013, when he held the premier’s office. Fact or Fiction? On […]

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Claim: A court has disqualified Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur from his provincial assembly seat on account of a wrong declaration of his assets.   Fact: The politician has not been disqualified. After the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) initially accepted a plea for Gandapur’s disqualification, the Peshawar High Court stayed the ECP’s […]

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Claim: Iran has fined Pakistan up to $18 billion for failure to construct its part of the 800 kilometre gas pipeline as part of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. Fact: Iran has not imposed such a fine on Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan’s caretaker government approved the construction of an 80 kilometre segment of the pipeline […]

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Claim: PTI leader Asad Qaiser refused to support a resolution in the National Assembly condemning Israel’s war in Palestine, saying he wouldn’t support it until a resolution was passed in favour of former prime minister Imran Khan. Fact: Qaiser did not make any such remarks during the parliament’s session on 15 March 2024.  Fact or […]

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Claim: A video shows an Israeli air base in Negev being attacked by Iran. Fact: The video predates Iran’s recent retaliatory strike on Israel. It actually made rounds on social media in February 2024 and likely shows wildfires in Chile.  Iran-Israel conflict On 13 April 2024, Iran launched an unprecedented attack on Israel in retaliation […]

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