Fact Check: Video from crowded Pak market shared as India flouting social distancing rules

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, a video of a crowded market is doing the rounds on social media in which people can clearly be seen violating social distancing norms. It is being claimed that the video in question is from Hyderabad.

The caption of the video read: “Social distance norms gone to digs for these pissfuls in old city hyderabad. Madina shopping centre scene. KCR taken dhrutarastra avatar. Home minister is Mehmood Ali taken avatar of Ghandari.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above video and found that the claim attached to it is FALSE.

We extracted keyframes of the video and put them through Reverse Image Search which led us to the same video posted by a verified Twitter handle @UsamaQureshy- who is Director, Oasis Energy and Vice Chairman Pak-UK Business Council, on May 19, 2020. The caption suggested that the video is from a market in Pakistan’s Faisalabad.

Taking a cue, we ran another search with keywords such as ‘market’, ‘Coronavirus’, ‘Faisalabad’, ‘Pakistan’ ‘social distancing’ etc. In the results, we found the same video posted by several Pakistani users suggesting that it is from New Anarkali market in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

On observing the video frame-by-frame, we noticed a small banner with a text in Urdu. On translation, we found that the text in Urdu read: ‘Aini Shoes’.

We ran another search and it revealed the address of Aini Shoes in New Anarkali market in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

In conclusion, the above information proves that the video in question is NOT from India but from Pakistan. However, NewsMobile cannot independently verify the timeline of the video.

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