Old video shared as residents in PoK burning Pakistani flag after India’s move on Article 370

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

The above message has been shared on social media and messaging platforms, accompanied by a video which shows a gathering of members of the Muslim community. The video clip is 1:25 minutes long. In the video, the men can be seen burning a green-coloured flag and shouting the slogans Hindustan Zindabad (Long live India) and Pakistan Murdabad (Death to Pakistan). According to the narrative, this video is from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) where Kashmiris have risen against the Pakistani state, after the Indian Government’s drastic move on Article 370.

Apart from Twitter, the video and message have been posted widely by individual Facebook users on their timelines.

Alt News found that the video has also been shared by several users in Tamil with the identical claim.

FACT CHECK

To fact check this claim, Alt News searched Google with the key words ‘Indian muslims burn Pakistani’ flag, and found that the same video had been posted earlier on YouTube in 2017. On further probing, we found an even earlier instance of the video posted on YouTube in September, 2016.

Alt News could not find further information about the video or ascertain the narrative with which it was posted, except that the earliest instance of it appearing online is September 30, 2016. It may be noted that in September 2016, 17 Indian army soldiers were killed in a suicide terror attack in Uri, Kashmir.

Alt News found that in 2016, the same video had been circulated with the claim that these are members of the Islamic theological centre Darul Uloom Deoband. However, this claim was rubbished by Darul Uloom Deoband which had released a statement in this regard, denying that the institution had anything to do with the burning of the Pakistani flag.

In conclusion, it may be stated that the video in question is not recent, and has nothing to do with the Union Government’s recent move to repeal provisions of the controversial Article 370 which granted special status to J&K. The video dates back to September 2016.

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