A photograph where PM Modi is walking in the midst of a group that welcomes the leader is doing rounds on social media. Pakistani PM Imran Khan is seen crouching in the image. “When Modiji entered in to the G-7 conferences hall, everyone assembled in the hall has given the standing welcome to him. One guy among them hides and was not able to either sit or stand. See his condition and find who..?”, reads the message attached with the image which attempts to take a jibe at Khan who is apparently embarrassed by the welcome that PM Modi allegedly received at the recently held G7 conference in France.

The same photograph was posted by several users on Twitter with an identical message. Moreover, it is also being shared on WhatsApp.

Alt News has received a request on its official app to fact-check the image.

The image is also circulating on Facebook with a Telugu text.

Photoshopped image

With a simple reverse search on Google, Alt News found that an old image from an event in Davos was photoshopped. Imran Khan is not there in the original image. An unidentified man’s face was edited with the face of the Pakistani PM to show him crouching when PM Modi Twas welcomed with applauses. This image was posted on Twitter by Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs on January 23, 2018. Tweeting the image, he said, “The world applauds 1.3 bn people of India at the @wef in #Davos appreciating the remarkable transformation in improving the business climate. PM @narendramodi interacting with the top global CEOs at the International Business Council event.”


In the comparison posted below, we juxtaposed the photoshopped image with the original photograph.

In conclusion, a 2018 image of PM Modi in Davos was photoshopped to portray Pakistani PM Imran crouching when the Indian Prime Minister was greeted by world leaders.

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.