No, a Pakistani flag wasn’t spotted near Mumbai airport
Flag of Indian Muslim League went viral with false claim
Claim: A social media video alleges that Pakistan’s national flag was spotted near Mumbai airport.
Fact: The claim is false as the video does not show the Pakistani flag. The flag in the video does not contain certain features of the Pakistani flag. For example, the white strip in the Pakistani flag which symbolizes minorities cannot be seen on the flag in the video.
Fact or Fiction?
Upon closer inspection Soch Fact Check discovered that the flag in the video bears a close resemblance to the flag of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a political party based in Kerala, India. However, it is not identical to the IUML’s flag as the crescent sign is left to right on the flag in the video, but it’s right to left on the political party’s original flag.
Contrary to the claim, the flag in the video is not the flag of Pakistan either. The white strip on Pakistan’s national flag which represents minorities cannot be seen on the flag in the video.
Furthermore, Soch Fact Check reached out to Pratyush Ranjan, head of fact-checking at Press Trust of India who said that the flag resembles IUML but it is not certain if it belongs to the party or not. Ranjan also shared that the location in the video is known as Jari mari (an informal neighbourhood in Mumbai).
Conclusion: The video shared on social media does not show the Pakistani flag hoisted in India.
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