A 30-second long video clip where All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi is being greeted by a swarm of supporters in Jaipur’s Rajasthan was reported by multiples media outlets as supporters of the party chanting pro-Pakistan slogans.
Below is the report by Zee Rajasthan News.
एक फैक्ट-चैक टीम के अनुसार जयुपर में ओवैसी की रैली में ‘पाकिस्तान ज़िंदाबाद’ के नारे नहीं लगे थे. तथ्य सामने आने के बाद इस जानकारी को यहां सुधार दिया गया है
#BreakingNews #JaipurNews #AsaduddinOwaisi
Posted by ZEE Rajasthan News on Thursday, 14 April 2022
It was also posted by a few social media users.
में सरकार की नाक के नीचे एआईआईएमएम चीफ के सामने लगे पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद के नारे ????!!नंदपुरी इलाके में उनकी मौजूदगी में लोगों ने लगाए देश विरोधी नारे।
Posted by Amarnath Gupta on Thursday, 14 April 2022
We performed a keyword search on Facebook and came across the same video but of better quality. After carefully listening to the video, it was clear that the supporters were chanting “Owaisi Saab zindabad”. This can be heard at 11 seconds in the video below.
तरावीह की नमाज़ मे @asadowaisi साहब जेसे ही मस्जिद पहुंचे पूरे जयपुर मे ये बात आग की तरह फेल गई।
फिर क्या था नमाज़ के बाद हज़ारों की तादाद मे लोग मस्जिद के बाहर सदर साहब के स्वागत के लिए खड़े थे।
Posted by सलीम मलिक एडवोकेट जॉर्नलिस्ट, विशेष संवाददाता खीरी प्रभात। on Thursday, 14 April 2022
Alt News reached out to M Salim Khan, an AIMIM worker who was present at the scene. Khan said, “Owaisi Saab left the hotel around 8:30 pm to go pray at a nearby mosque. He went with his driver in a WagonR. Between 10:00 pm and 10:15 pm, when he was leaving the mosque, people surrounded him and started chanting slogans. We reached the spot within five minutes to escort him out. The people surrounding him were mostly young and they also chanted the Taqbeer. However, no objectionable chants were made.”
We checked the Facebook page of AIMIM Rajasthan and found a second video from the incident. This video was recorded when Owaisi already sat in his car and was leaving. In this video, it can be heard that the youth surrounding him chanted, “Nara e Taqbeer, Allahu Akbar” [God is great]. This was followed by, “Dekho dekho kaun aya? Sher aya sher” [Look who’s here? The tiger].
राजस्थान की सर जमीन पर असद ओवैसी के नाम का शेर आ गया
नजारा 22 गोदाम की मस्जिद के बाहर के तरावीह के बाद
Asaduddin Owaisi Aimim Tonk supporters – Luqman khan Aimim- All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Akbaruddin Owaisi (Youth Icon) Waris Pathan
Posted by Aimim Rajasthan on Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Alt News reached out to Commissioner of Jaipur police, Anand Srivastava, who told us, “We have investigated the video and we did not find objectionable chants being raised”.
Replying to one of the viral tweets, the police said, “Jaipur police has verified the facts in the video and did not find any objectionable slogans being raised. We recommend people to ignore such rumours.”
@jaipur_police ने उक्त वीडियो के तथ्यों को Verify किया तो उक्त घटनाक्रम मैं देश विरोधी नारे लगाने की बात के तथ्य नहीं पाए गए | इस तरह की अफवाहों पर ध्यान ना दें |
— Jaipur Police (@jaipur_police) April 14, 2022
To conclude, a video of AIMIM supporters greeting Assaduddin Owaisi outside a mosque was misreported by many media outlets as his supporters chanting pro-Pakistan slogan. Alt News found that they were chanting “Owaisi Saab zindabad”.
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