Fact Check: Image From Philippines Falsely Shared As Rally Of Former Pak PM Imran Khan

Following weeks of political uncertainty, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed by a no-confidence vote in April. Khan has since then held rallies across the country, frequently gathering audiences in the thousands, to protest his removal. On May 14, Pakistani publication Dawn News reported on one of his recent rallies in Sialkot.

Against this backdrop, an image showing an aerial shot of a huge gathering is being shared as a recent rally by cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan, in Sialkot. 

The image is shared on Facebook with Urdu caption: ‏سیالکوٹ کا عوامی سمندر۔ یہ قوم تشدد،زور زبردستی اور  دھمکیوں سے نہیں ڈرنے والی۔اگر عمران خان غلط تھا تو موجودہ حکومت اپنے اقدام سے ثابت کریں ورنہ یہ قوم آپکو غلط ثابت کریگی۔

(English translation: “The public sea of Sialkot. This nation is not going to be afraid of violence, force and threats. If Imran Khan was wrong, then the current government should prove it with its actions. Otherwise, this nation will prove you wrong”)

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FACT CHECK 

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

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search directed us to a Twitter post uploaded by Philippine state broadcaster People’s Television Network (PTV) on March 22, 2022. The tweet reads, “Drone shot of the UniTeam campaign rally at Gen. Trias Sports Complex, Cavite tonight (March 22)” 

The viral image corresponds to the second image seen in the Twitter post. The image is credited to Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (LAKAS-CMD), a political party in the Philippines.

PTV also published the same image on Facebook on March 22 with a similar caption. 

LAKAS-CMD also shared the drone footage of the same rally on their Facebook page on March 22. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image does not show Imran Khan’s rally in Pakistan but is from the Philippines. 

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