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Imran Khan did not say an elected prime minister was slapped

The screenshot going viral is doctored

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Claim: A social media post by Geo News suggests that Imran Khan had said an elected prime minister was slapped a year ago today.

Fact: The image is doctored. The media outlet did not share any such image or report.

Fact or Fiction?

On 10 April 2023, the Facebook page Maryam Nawaz One Hope shared a social media post, apparently by Geo News, claiming that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan had said that it’s been one year since an elected prime minister was ousted from office after being slapped.

While investigating the claim, Soch Fact Check reached out to Manzar Elahi, Editor Digital at Geo News Urdu, who confirmed to us that “the image is doctored and Geo [News] never posted it”. 

Soch Fact Check did not find any news report carrying the viral statement being attributed to Khan.

It’s important to note that Soch Fact Check is not investigating claims of whether a sitting prime minister was slapped or not. 

Virality:

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

It was posted here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here on Twitter.

Conclusion: The viral screenshot suggesting that Imran Khan had said an elected prime minister was ousted from office after being slapped one year ago is doctored. 


To submit an appeal on our fact-check, please send an email to appeals@sochfactcheck.com

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