An old video of a group of Muslims burning Pakistan’s national flag and chanting anti-Pakistan slogans has gone viral with a misleading claim on social media.
The claim with the video purports to show that Kashmiris have taken an anti-Pakistan stance in the wake of the recent political developments in the valley.
BOOM found that the video has been on internet since 2016.
‘Now Jammu and Kashmir has changed. Look, there’s so much enthusiasm in Kashmiris now,’ the caption accompanying the video claims.
(Hindi: इतना जोश आ गया है जम्मू-कश्मीर में। अब बदला गया हैं जम्मू-कश्मीर देखें विडियो |)
The video is being shared on the backdrop of Articles 370 and 35 a being repealed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The one-and-half minute long video shows a group of men chanting Pakistan Murdabad (Down with Pakistan), Hindustan Zindabad (Hail India) and Jala Do Jala Do, Pakistan ko Jala Do (Burn Pakistan) slogans.
Later in the video, they set fire to a Pakistan flag.
You can watch the viral video below and access its archived video here.
The clip has been shared on multiple Facebook pages and Twitter handles.
With the help of reverse image search, BOOM traced the video to 2016. The video has been shared on YouTube with various pro-India titles.
BOOM searched Twitter with keywords ‘anti-Pakistan’s slogans and #PakistanZindabad’ and found the same video shared by one Nisar Mehdi in September 29, 2016.
Mehdi’s Twitter handle mentions him as the Karachi correspondent of the Washington Post.
BOOM found another Facebook post, through a fact-check by SMHoaxslayer, which claimed that the video was from Darool Uloom, Deoband – an Islamic university – in Uttar Pradesh.
While BOOM was not able to identify where the video was originally from, we were able to trace it back to 2016. Darul Uloom could not immediately be reached for a response. The story will be updated upon receiving a reply.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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