“अभी अभी “*पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री को मारी गोली पाकिस्तान में (Just now, Pakistan’s Prime Minister was shot at in Pakistan -translated)”, reads the caption attached to a video of bloodied Imran Khan(Prime Minister of Pakistan) being carried away by a group of people. The claim promulgated along with the video circulated on Twitter and Facebook suggests that the incident had just occured.

The video is also circulated on WhatsApp with a similar narrative in Kannada, “ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಕ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊಡೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ ತಪ್ಪದೆ ನೋಡಿ”.


Alt News found that the video of Imran Khan being bundled into a vehicle by a group of supporters in now more than five years old. “Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today was grievously injured on his head when he fell off a forklift that was hoisting him on to a stage for an election campaign meeting here in Pakistan. Imran, 60, and several of his bodyguards apparently lost their balance and fell several feet to the ground.”, stated a report published by The Indian Express on May 7, 2013. Thus, the visuals now shared on social media are old and unrelated to a gun attack as claimed. Last year, it was fact-checked by ABP News.

In conclusion, the video of bloodied Imran Khan being carried away by a group people was shared as recent with a false narrative that he was shot at in Pakistan.

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About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.