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Video of Instagrammer portrayed as Bilawal Bhutto dancing

The clip features Mehroz Baig

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Claim: A video shows Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari dancing to a Bollywood song at an event.

Fact: Bilawal has been misidentified in the video. It features a media student Mehroz Baig who posted the video on his social media account on 12 January 2023. 

Fact or Fiction?

On 22 January 2023, Pakistani-Canadian columnist Tariq Fatah shared a video on Twitter claiming that it shows Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto his tweet read, which has now been deleted. 

In the video, two people can be seen dancing to the upcoming Bollywood movie Zardari dancing at a function.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal @BBhuttoZardari doing what he does best,” Pathaan’s song ‘Besharam Rang’.

Soch Fact Check found the claim to be false. A Google search with relevant keywords “Bilawal Bhutto dancing” led to articles by The Quint and Hindustan Times that identify the man in the video as Mehroz Baig, a media student from Karachi. 

We looked for Mehroz Baig’s account on Instagram and found that he (@mehrozebaigofficial) posted the same video taken from a different angle on 12 January 2023.

Baig confirmed to Soch Fact Check that the viral video features him.  He is a media student and social media influencer from Karachi. He is followed by 21,300 people on Instagram. 

Virality:

The claim was shared here, here, here and here on Facebook.

On Twitter, the video was shared here, here, here, here, here and here.

Conclusion: Instagrammer Mehroz Baig was misidentified as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a dance video.

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