Old video of funeral procession shared as protest in Kashmir after repeal of Article 370 provisions

“Hundreds of thousands Kashmiris took street yesterday in Indian occupied Kashmir to liberate their land from India… One of Kashmiris requested to spread this video all over the world as Indian media did not cover such a huge rally. So, please share as much as possible.”

The above message has been shared along with a video clip showing hundreds of women in hijab, marching down a street. The duration of the video clip is 39 seconds.

The video with the accompanying narrative has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, with several individuals posting it on their timelines.

Alt News has received requests for verification of this claim on the Alt News app.

NOT A RECENT VIDEO

The march by women, shown in the video, is not related to the recent developments in Kashmir after article 370 was revoked by the Union Government in August this year. Alt News broke up the video into several key frames, and reverse searched one of the frames. We found that this video had been posted on YouTube in December 2018 on the channel PMLN Videos. Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PMLN) is a political party based in Pakistan, founded by Nawaz Sharif.

We also found this video posted in tweets from March 2019. In the video, at 0:38 minutes, we found a banner which said ‘Baramulla Central Cooperative Bank Ltd Branch, Hajin’. This suggests that the video is from Baramulla district in J&K.

VIDEO IS OF FUNERAL PROCESSION

On further scrutiny based on this information, Alt News found that this gathering was a funeral procession which took place in Hajin area of North Kashmir. According to a News18 report of December 9, 2018, “Three militants were gunned down by the forces in Mujgund, on the outskirts of Srinagar, after an 18-hour long gun battle on Sunday. Among the slain militants was 14-year-old Mudasir Rashid Parray of Bandipora district, whose photo holding an AK-47 surfaced a week ago…The other two militants were identified as Saquib Bilal (17), also a resident of Bandipora district, and a Pakistani militant, Ali Bhai. “

Alt News also found a photograph of the funeral procession posted on the stock photo site, Alamy.

It may be noted that the video is NOT with regard to the recent developments in Kashmir. It has been available on the internet since at least December 2018.

Update: The article has been updated to include more information about the video.

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