After the Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, Republic TV aired an ‘exclusive’ video accessed from Hasti TV alleging it shows the Pakistani Air Force attacks in the Valley. Since the Taliban’s claim that Panjshir was seized, several Indian news outlets reported Pakistan’s support to the Islamist extremist outfit against resistance forces.

The same video was also used by Times Now Navbharat and Zee Hindustan. The former has taken it down.

Another similar footage was aired by TV9 Bharatvarsh (5:30 minutes onward in the broadcast below) as ‘proof’ of Pakistan’s involvement in the Panjshir conflict.

Footage of ARMA-3 video game

The video shared by Hasti TV was tweeted by Faran Jeffery (@Natsecjeff) who identifies as a counter-terrorism expert. He first sarcastically wrote that the clip shows the Pakistani air force targeting rebels in Panjshir and later clarified that the footage is from a video game.

Jeffery has been flagging misinformation about ‘Pakistani attack’ in Panjshir and tweeted a video followed immediately by a ‘fun fact’ and many channels fell for his initial tweet.

The clip aired by Republic TV is from the video game ARMA 3 and can be watched onward 1:38 minutes in the link below. Republic later took down its broadcast from its social media channels.

The footage aired by TV9 Bharatvarsh was also broadcast by the channel last year as visuals of a MiG 25 being shot down by Armenia using the Shilka Air Defence System. This too is a clip from ARMA 3.

Since the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, Indian mainstream media has been rife with misinformation. Alt News has been tracking the numerous misreports that can be read here.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.