Fact Check: Old Video Of Youths Raising ‘Pro-Khalistan’ Slogans Falsely Linked To Kashmir As Recent Occurrence

A video in which Sikh youths can be heard raising ‘pro-Khalistan’ and ‘pro-Pakistan’ slogans is being widely shared on social media. It is being claimed that this recently happened in Kashmir. 

The video is being shared on Facebook with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated in English to, “In Kashmir, Sikh youths raised Pakistani slogans while waving Pakistani flags that Kashmir will become Pakistan. Have these people forgotten that their great gurus had laid the foundation of Sikhism to fight against the atrocities of Muslims..and today they are joining hands with them?”

(Original Text: कश्मीर में सिख युवकों ने पाकिस्तानी झंडे लेहराते हुए ये पाकिस्तानी नारे लगाए क़ी कश्मीर बनेगा पाकिस्तान. क्या ये लोग ये भूल गये क़ी मुस्लिमों के जुल्मों से टक्कर लेने के लिए इनके महान गुरुओं ने सिख धर्म क़ी नींव रखी थी..और आज ये उन्हीं से हाथ मिला रहे है)

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The video is being widely shared on Twitter as well.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Using the InVid Tool, we extracted keyframes from the video and performed a Reverse Image Search with relevant keywords. This search directed us to a YouTube video uploaded by ‘The Kashmir Pulse’ on October 19, 2015, that featured the same viral video. The video description reads, “Sikh protesters on Sunday shouted pro-Pakistan slogans during a protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikh religion, at Baramulla in north Kashmir.” Thus, it is evident that the viral video is at least six years old. 

The same video was also published on the Facebook page of ‘Kashmir Essence’ on October 19, 2015, with the description, “Watch Video: Pro-Pakistan slogans at Sikhs’ protest in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla District; “Punjab banega Khalistan; Kashmir banega Pakistan.” Slogans raised.”

Taking a cue from this, we did a keyword search and found a news article published by the Deccan Chronicle on October 19, 2015, which reported the same incident and carried visuals similar to the viral video. The article read, “Pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan slogans were chanted at a protest of Sikhs held in Jammu and Kashmir’s north-western town of Baramulla on Sunday against the reported desecration of their holy book in neighbouring Punjab.” 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a 2015 video of ‘pro-Khalistan’ slogans raised in Kashmir is being falsely shared as recent. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading. 


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