This image shows actor-model Elnaaz Norouzi, not Khadijah Shah
Khadijah Shah, a PTI supporter, is currently in police custody over 9 May unrest in Pakistan
Claim: A photo shows Khadijah Shah wearing sweatpants and a cropped top while posing on a rooftop.
Fact: The image does not show Khadijah Shah but Elnaaz Norouzi, an Iranian-German actor and model.
On 24 May 2023, Facebook page ‘REALITY.of life’ uploaded a post (archive) comprising two pictures, one showing a woman prisoner in police custody with her face covered and the other depicting a young woman wearing sweatpants and a cropped top.
The post is captioned as follows:
“خدیجہ شاہ کو پورے کپڑے پہنانے ہاتھ میں تسبیح اَللّٰهُ اَللّٰهُ کروانے پر پنجاب پولیس کا شکریہ
[Thanks to the Punjab Police for dressing Khadijah Shah in full clothes, getting a rosary in her hand, and making her remember God.]”
Khadijah Shah — who is the daughter of former finance minister Salman Shah and the granddaughter of former Pakistan Army Chief Gen (r) Asif Nawaz Janjua — is a fashion designer, the face behind women’s clothing brands Elan and Zaha, and a staunch supporter of the ex-prime minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
Shah was reportedly (archive) taken into custody after she turned herself in to the Punjab Police over allegations that she led an attack on Jinnah House — the residence of the Lahore Corps Commander — during the protests that erupted over the arrest of Imran Khan. She had allegedly been in hiding.
Fact or Fiction?
Elnaaz Norouzi is an Iranian-German actor and model who has appeared in “Sacred Games”, the first Netflix Original from India.
We also observed that multiple of the posts — both on Twitter and Facebook — were made by accounts apparently affiliated with Khan’s rival party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Examples of these are this tweet (archive) by Rabia Khan, with the handle @RabiaKhanPMLN who describes themselves as a “Social Media Activist” and this tweet (archive) by Saib Sardar, whose bio states that he is the former social media head of the PML-N’s Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter and a “Worker of Nawaz Sharif”, the party supremo and a former prime minister of Pakistan.
Conclusion: The image actually shows Iranian-German actor and model Elnaaz Norouzi, not Khadijah Shah.
Background image in cover photo: @PTIOfficial
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