Fact Check: 2020 Video of Hindu Shrine Destroyed in Pakistan Viral As Recent with Misleading Claims

A video of a crowd demolishing a structure is widely shared on social media claiming that this incident happened in Pakistan where people destroyed a 100-year-old Shiva temple.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “देखिए पाकिस्तान में 100 साल पुराना भगवान शिव के मंदिर को कैसे तोड़ा गया । और यहां सुप्रीम कोर्ट के निर्णय के बाद बनने वाला राम जन्मभूमि मंदिर ना सिर्फ “हरे कीड़ों” को बल्कि कुछ तथाकथित सेकुलर हिंदुओ को खटक रहा है” (English translation: See how the 100-year-old Lord Shiva temple was demolished in Pakistan. And here, the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, built after the decision of the Supreme Court, is not only disturbing the “green insects” but also some so-called secular Hindus)

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

Performing a Reverse Image Search, we found the official YouTube channel of BBC News Hindi carrying the same viral video on December 30, 2020. The caption reads: “An angry mob vandalized the tomb of a Hindu saint in Pakistan. This incident is from a village in the Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The mob damaged the samadhi of Hindu saint Shri Paramhans Maharaj. According to the police, a Hindu leader was doing some construction work near the mausoleum. The people of the area were very angry about this.” A similar news report had been published by The Time of India on December 31, 2020. 

According to a report of The Dawn, dated December 31, 2020, “Police arrested 14 people in overnight raids after a Hindu shrine was set on fire and severely damaged by a mob led by supporters of a cleric in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district, officials said on Thursday.” 

According to the Al Jazeera report, dated January 6, 2021, Pakistan Supreme Court mandated the government to repair the Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj Samadhi temple and to levy the costs to a local Muslim leader who was allegedly responsible for the mob violence that caused the destruction.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a 2020 video is being shared as a recent destruction with misleading claims. 

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