Clip showing Imran Khan walking inside SKMCH after gun attack is old
Khan had visited SKMCH for its inauguration in 2021
Claim: A video shows former Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan walking inside Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre following an attack on him in Wazirabad on 3 November 2022.
Fact: The video is from August 2021 when Khan visited SKMCH in Peshawar to inaugurate the newly established operating room suite and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Fact or Fiction?
On 4 November 2022, Facebook page Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz shared a video claiming that it shows Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan walking inside SKMCH Lahore after he survived an attack in Wazirabad.
The page also questioned how Khan is able to walk after being hit by four bullets and with a cast on both of his legs.
Soch Fact Check found the claim to be misleading after searching a screenshot of the video with Google Lens. The search led us to a YouTube video titled, “Prime Minister Imran Khan Visits Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital” from 6 August 2021. The video has been shared by Siasat.pk’s official YouTube account.
We then used some keywords on Google and found that Dunya News carried a report about the visit. According to the article, the then prime minister Imran Khan visited SKMCH in Peshawar to inaugurate the newly established operating room suite and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The PTI chief was wounded after a man opened fire on his container at Allahwala Chowk in Wazirabad, Punjab on 3 November during the ‘Haqeeqi Azadi’ march.
The SKMCH management had told Soch Fact Check in an interview that Khan was brought on a stretcher to the hospital and underwent a surgery on the same day. He was later discharged on 6 November with a cast around his leg.
Soch Fact Check conducted a CrowdTangle analysis for the 30-day period leading up to 22 November 2022, using the following search term:
- عمران خان کو اداکاری میں آسکر ایوارڈ ملنا چاہیے اور شاہ رخ خان عامر خان اور سلمان خان کو عمران خان سے اداکاری سیکھنی چاہیے چار گولیاں کھانے کے بعد بھی انسان کس طرح چل رہا ہے جب کہ دونوں ٹانگوں پر اس کی پلستر ہوا ہے سچ چھپتا نہیں سامنے آ کر رہتا ہے جھوٹ کی زندگی تھوڑی ہوتی ہے [Imran Khan should get an Oscar for acting and Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan should learn acting from Imran Khan. How can a person walk after taking four bullets while he has plaster on both legs. The truth is not hidden. The life of a lie is short]
The search term turned up 318 interactions across 22 posts on Facebook. The analysis revealed
The oldest post dates back to 4 November 2022.
It was also posted on YouTube such as here.
Conclusion: The video is not recent. In fact, it is from August 2021 when Khan visited SKMCH in Peshawar to inaugurate the newly established operating room suite and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).