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Caretaker PM Anwaar ul Haq Kakar misidentified in viral video

It shows former PPP MNA Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto

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Claim: A video shows Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) Senator Anwaar ul Haq Kakar during a National Assembly session.

Fact: Kakar, the newly appointed interim prime minister of Pakistan, has been misidentified in the video. It actually shows former PPP MNA Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto.

Fact or Fiction?

On 12 August 2023, Twitter user Rubab Hayat (@shuglisam) shared a video claiming that it shows Pakistan’s new caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar. 

“نگران وزیراعظم بننے کے لیے بہت سے امتخانات سے گزرنا پڑتا ہے۔ [To become caretaker prime minister one has to go through many hurdles.],” the tweet reads.

Soch Fact Check found the video to be misleading. The video shows parliamentarians in the National Assembly, but Kakar was never a national assembly member.

Although Kakar contested the 2002 National Assembly election under the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) banner, he lost the elections. In 2018, he was elected to the Senate on an independent ticket, according to the Senate website. 

We ascertained that the MNA being mistaken for Kakar, is Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto. According to the National Assembly website, he was elected in 2018 from NA-233 Jamshoro on the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ticket.

Virality:

The claim can be found here, here, and here on Twitter.

The tweet by @shuglisam gained 51,900 views, 636 likes, 103 reposts, and five quote tweets.

It was also shared here on Facebook.

Conclusion: The video does not show the new caretaker PM but former PPP MNA Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto.


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