Pakistani Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi tweeted a video where, in the first part, police can be seen charging a crowd of people with lathis. He claimed that the clip represents Indian government’s atrocities in Kashmir.
Let the world see what @narendramodi Govt is doing in #Kashmir
The #Hitler from the East rises while the world sleeps.@realDonaldTrump should consider imposing trade sanctions on India to control this monster before it’s too late! #SaveKashmirFromModi #IndianHitlerModi pic.twitter.com/YS5kBZAmk1
— Ali Haider Zaidi (@AliHZaidiPTI) August 18, 2019
The latter part of the video shows two injured women, one of whom has a baby in her arms. The clip also carries a narration by an unknown woman who says that this violence was perpetrated at the behest of PM Modi who started the ‘Beti Padhao Beti Bachao’ initiative but women are being thrashed under his governance.
The video has been shared by other Pakistan Twitter users as well.
You can take their lives but the spirit for independence will remain there untill independence.
In sha Allah soon Kashmir will be free #IndianarmyinKashmir #KashmirUnderThreat pic.twitter.com/99NWW3FNy3
— Sharjeel ur rehman™ (@ShmaartyBk) August 4, 2019
The video does not represent a recent incident in Kashmir but has been manufactured using two different clips. The narration has been superimposed to the video.
The first part of the video, where police and army men are lathi-charging a crowd that includes women, is two years old. The same video was found on YouTube uploaded in August 2017. According to its description, the video shows police thrashing Dera followers, supporters of rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in Haryana’s Panchkula.
Alt News found another video of the same incident taken from a different angle. It was uploaded by Outlook. The same street as in the viral video can be seen in this video 0:13 seconds onward.
Multiple similarities in both the clips have been pointed out in the collage below.
Widespread rioting and violence had broken out in parts of North India after Dera Sacha Sauda leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted of rape. Haryana’s Panchkula was the worst hit. Supporters of the rape convict went on a rampage of disrupting public property, including setting ablaze government buildings, vehicles and petrol pumps. According to reports, 36 people were killed in police gunfire and the maximum casualty was reported from Panchkula. The police’s use of bullets against the rioters was called into question.
The second part of the video which shows wailing women has been debunked by Alt News earlier in May when it was viral in Pakistani social media ecosystem with the claim that Hindus are arbitrarily killing Muslims. The background narration said that the incident took place in UP’s Jhansi.
But the video is neither from Jhansi nor from Kashmir.
It is a 2018 video from Telangana when a sub-inspector was caught on camera beating his wife and mother-in-law. At 0:56 minutes in the video below, the visuals of the wailing woman that have been incorporated into the viral video can be seen.
An edited video clip has thus been circulated on Pakistani social media, including by an incumbent minister of the country, to depict brutality in Kashmir after the Indian government’s decision to dilute Article 370.