Pakistan

Onlookers did not chant ‘Jiye Bhutto’ during Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s visit to Medina

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was on an official visit to Saudi Arabia
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Khawar Maneka did not perform Umrah with Imran Khan

Viral post misidentifies Pakistani diplomat Shehryar Akbar Khan as Khawar Maneka, ex-husband of Bushra Khan
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Viral post about rivalry between Puran Mal and Aurangzeb Alamgir is false

Collage of pictures accompanied by claim that Rajput ruler defeated Mughal emperor thrice
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Assange cartoon doctored to insult Sharif government

Cartoon originally published by Mint linked to defunct American magazine
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Turkey has not changed visa policy for Pakistanis

Media pages share misleading reports after four Nepalis were abducted by Pakistani men in Turkey
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Image of Imran Khan sitting down during 2019 conference reshared with false claim about former Israeli PM

Photos and videos of the former PM are going viral on social media with the claim that he did not stand up to greet the former Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu during an international conference
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Waziristan was not struck by drone attack on 10 April 2022

North Waziristan Deputy Commissioner clarifies no such attack occurred
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Karachi has not reported a rare case of ectopic pregnancy in teeth

Viral post was shared as a joke on a Russian website in 2018
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Image of PTI Lahore rally is from April 2018, not April 2022

The image allegedly shows people rallying in support of ousted former Prime Minister Imran Khan
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Viral image of distraught woman is not from 2022 Dadu fire

Image is actually from a fire in Lalu Raunk in 2018
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Fake write-up defending Imran Khan attributed to Pakistani jurist

Note allegedly written by Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal supports Imran Khan’s claims of foreign interference
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Misleading claim about Sehat Cards go viral

The Sehat Sahulat Programme has not been halted across Pakistan
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Imran Khan’s picture edited onto 2017 Turkey protest poster

Picture goes viral amid protests against Khan’s ouster
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Pakistani diaspora did not withdraw $8 billion from the country after Imran Khan’s ouster

State Bank of Pakistan debunked false claims about withdrawals from Roshan Digital Accounts
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Ertugrul actor did not call Imran Khan to show his support

Tweets about political turmoil in Pakistan wrongly attributed to actor Engin Altan
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Claims about new online voting system for overseas Pakistanis are false

NADRA rejected claims about online system for overseas voting
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No, US President Joe Biden did not celebrate Imran Khan’s ouster

Video shared as proof of claims of American interference in Pakistan
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Imran Khan’s message was not displayed on Burj Khalifa

The landmark has never displayed images of Khan.
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Pervaiz Khattak did not abuse journalists in Parliament elevator

Viral video shows former NA speaker Asad Qaiser using the B-word
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Misleading Dawn headline fuels confusion around ECP statement on early elections

Media reports say not possible for ECP to hold elections within 3 months
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Video allegedly showing Maryam Nawaz intoxicated is doctored

Facebook user claiming to work for Meta first posted the doctored video
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Pakistan does not have the lowest unemployment rate in South Asia

Bhutan outranked other countries with an unemployment rate of 3.6% in 2020.
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Imran Khan did not say Pakistan Army ‘is upset with me’

Doctored image comes amid talks of a no-confidence vote against Khan
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Pakistani columnist shares fake letter claiming American NGO is funding Opposition parties

Letter claims NGO advised against sending Pakistan an invite for a democracy moot
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Snippets of overseas Pakistani woman’s interview from 2021 shared as local resident’ views

Video also shared by special assistant to Khan to bolster agenda
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Power division has not announced zero load-shedding policy for all of Ramzan

The zero load-shedding policy will apply only to select timings around Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh prayers
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Video claiming ‘participant’ spoke against Aurat March is actually of a journalist

Maryam Ikram, the woman in question, is a TV show host and anchorperson
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Misleading reports about LSDV in cattle cause panic across Pakistan

LSDV cannot infect humans but leads to weight and milk loss in cattle
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Video shows alleged pir performing exorcism, not forced conversion

Peshawar police arrested the alleged pir in 2020 and 2021.
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Aleem Khan has not joined PML-N

Twitter account @abdulaleem_1 does not belong to Aleem Khan
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PM Imran Khan did not praise Indian Army

Khan’s quote regarding India’s foreign policy has been misrepresented.
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PTA did not share cell phone data traffic analysis related to Islamabad on 27 March 2022

Posts on social media falsely cite PTA as their official source
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Image of crashed Indian missile mistaken as PAF training aircraft

Misinformation circulating on social media after a missile crashed near Mian Channu
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Reports on crashed PAF trainer aircraft carry misleading images

News published by multiple outlets in Pakistan and India carried images of unrelated aircraft
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Video does not show mother in Mianwali incident grieving for her dead daughter

Video of a woman being held on remand shared with false information on Facebook
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Five men convicted in Usman Mirza case not six

The convicts, in fact, were five including Usman Mirza.
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Posts wrongly claim viruses infected poultry in southern Pakistan

Viral posts mention Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus and Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD).
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Poster from Aurat March edited with joke about Gujranwala

Original text on poster is a meme that highlights gender pay gap
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The government has not announced a three-day public holiday across Pakistan

The announcement applies only to Islamabad due to the OIC Conference
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Posts carry Pakistan Embassy Algeria’s hacked account’s tweet as news

The tweet is about the evacuation of Pakistani students from Ukraine
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Video of grief-stricken father is from Kashmir not Peshawar blast

An old video of a grieving father is being reshared in light of the Peshawar blast
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No, Pakistan has not imposed economic sanctions on Russia

Media outlets published satirical piece about Pakistan imposing sanctions on Russia as real news
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Text about sexually assaulting men edited onto Aurat March poster

Poster originally from 2018 Aurat March is in fact about fundamental rights
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Doctored poster from India shared in Pakistan on International Women’s Day

Poster from 2012 Nirbhaya protests alleged to be from Aurat March
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No, a majority of Pakistanis do not think Aurat March should be banned

Twitter poll by right-wing talk show host passed off as authentic survey
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BBC News publishes story with misleading headline in Noor Mukadam case

Outlet shares headline apparently breaking the news of Mukadam’s death on day of her killer’s sentencing
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Picture of distraught elderly woman in line to buy sugar is actually from 2009

Photo likely reshared due to rising inflation at present in Pakistan
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Doctored picture of politician of ‘Grape’ fame with Russia’s Putin goes viral again

Former senator Sehar Kamran is not currently in Russia
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Rashid Khan will not play in the PSL 2022 final

The cricketer represents Lahore Qalandars in the league
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Fake letter to Imran Khan linked to Pakistan Army Chief Gen Bajwa

Letter claims Gen Bajwa acknowledged ‘all 190 martyrs of Noshki and Panjgur’
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Lay’s snacks sold in Pakistan do not contain pork

The food additive E631 found in the products is derived from plants
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PM Imran Khan did not say tax rate is now zero percent

He said that registered IT freelancers will be exempt from all forms of tax
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Posts carry misleading claims about State Bank of Pakistan chief’s salary

Posts claim SBP chief receives a monthly salary of PKR 15 million
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Lahore court did not issue an arrest warrant for Leena Ghani

Ghani has been accused of running a social media smear campaign against Ali Zafar
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Top Pakistani TV channels carry parody account’s tweet as news

They attributed a fake tweet to Finance Ministry spokesperson Muzzammil Aslam
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Muzaffargarh Police did not force a couple to get married on Valentine’s Day

Social media posts shared false information about SHO Iftikhar Malkani’s recent police raid
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Valentine’s Day notifications by Pakistani universities are fake

All universities confirm no Valentine’s Day instructions issued
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3-year-old report about PTI leader Iftikhar Ahmed Lund reshared on social media

Newspaper clipping of the news report reshared by renowned journalist
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Video from Sri Lankan university wrongly described as showing persecution of Muslims in India

Clip first circulated on Pakistani social media in 2019 and has now resurfaced
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Posts wrongly claim Peshawar BRT won Sustainable Transport Award 2022

Peshawar BRT bagged the second honourable mention
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Bill Gates did not say COVID-19 ‘is a farce’ or call for the withdrawal of vaccines

Satirical piece from August 2021 being circulated as authentic ‘confession’ in WhatsApp forwards
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Lahore is not the centre of the Coronavirus Omicron variant in Pakistan

Some other cities have a higher COVID-19 positivity rate than Lahore
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Punjab has made caps, scarves mandatory in Quran classes only

Change applicable to Muslim students attending Quran recitation and teaching classes
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Reports make misleading claims about indoor dining ban in Pakistan

The ban is in place in cities with a COVID-19 positivity rate over 10%
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Don’t thank Nawaz Sharif! Scenic bridge in viral photo is in Austria, not Pakistan

Caption accompanying photo of bridge includes words of gratitude to PML-N supremo
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Posts wrongly claim video depicts Taliban destroying phones in Afghanistan

The video is from a destruction ceremony held by Pakistan Customs
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Reports make misleading claims about school closure in Sindh amidst COVID wave

The provincial govt says decisions to be taken in line with recommendations of the NCOC
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Video of excavator crane crashing was not shot in Murree in January 2022

Clip shared in aftermath of Murree tragedy is from Malam Jabba and was shot in 2020
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Snow-covered bison in viral photograph is not from Gilgit-Baltistan

The photograph was actually taken by Tom Murphy in Yellowstone National Park in the United States
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GCU did not collaborate with Walled City of Lahore on Harry Potter Festival

Outlet previously flagged for misleading news again shares unverified reports
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Visa-free entry for Pakistanis into Belarus comes with prerequisites

The European country recently announced a change in the visa system for Pakistanis
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EIU food security data cherry-picked to show ruling PTI in positive light

Global Food Security Index data compiled by the EIU used to falsely claim Pakistan’s ranking improved by three places
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Bogus gas supply schedule makes rounds on social media

Fake schedule causes worry among Pakistanis
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Tortoise in viral image is not world’s oldest known land animal Jonathan

She’s a half-century old Galápagos Giant Tortoise known as ‘A11’ who resides in Australia’s Taronga Zoo
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National Savings has not announced any ‘good news’ for elderly pensioners

Reports characterising National Savings rate hikes as recent development are misleading as figures indicate July 2020 announcement is rehashed
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