Fact Check: Old Pictures Shared As Pakistan Sending Ambulances To India To Combat Coronavirus

A few pictures of ambulances are being shared on social media with a claim that Pakistan is sending 50 ambulances to India to combat the deadly second wave of COVID-19.

Facebook users shared the post with the caption,”হোক মানবতার জয়…৫০টি Ambulance- অক্সিজেন -নার্স সহ ভারতের দিকে রওনা দিচ্ছে চিরশত্রু Pakistan

(Rough translation from Bengali: May humanity win…Eternal enemy Pakistan is coming to India with 50 ambulances, oxygen and nurses)

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here, here and here.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.

We searched for both the pictures individually and found the following:

Image 1

We put the picture through Reverse Image Search and found the same picture on a Pakistani website – cpecbulletin.com. The picture was featured in an article from 2017 with the headline,” Pakistan has the world’s largest ambulance service – (Guinness record).”

According to the article, the pictures are of Edhi Foundation’s ambulances in Pakistan.

We then ran another search and found the same picture in a 2017 article by The Express Tribune.

Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare organization based in Pakistan. Its ambulance services across Pakistan are known for their efficiency and conduct, especially during a crisis situation.

Image 2

We found the second picture in an article by India Today dated April 23, 2021 where the same image was used as a representative image.

“A Pakistani philanthropist has sought permission to enter India with a fleet of 50 ambulances and a team to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic | Representative photo from PTI,” the caption read.

The same image was also used in a Live Mint article from September 2020 with the caption, “A fleet of ambulances in Thane (PTI).”

We also found the same image on the website of PTI.

This proves that the above picture is also not from 2021.

However, we also found multiple reports from April 2021 stating that ‘Faisal Edhi, Edhi Foundation’s Chairman, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting permission to enter India with a team of volunteers and 50 ambulances to help assist in the pandemic’. The reports can be seen here, here, here and here.

Hence, the above fact check proves that the pictures are old and hence, the posts are misleading.

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