A video is currently going viral on social media platforms and particularly on WhatsApp. The video is of a Congress party rally in North Belgaum in Karnataka, and it has been claimed that the flag of Pakistan was waved at the rally. This message is also circulating in the form of an image of the flag which has been taken from the video.

In the video, it can be seen that a green coloured flag is being waved amidst a crowd. It is being claimed in social media posts and WhatsApp forwards that the flag in the video is the Pakistani flag. The above video has been shared more than 350 times. This may seem like a modest number, but the video is being uploaded and posted by many individual users rather than being shared in large numbers from a single page or group of pages.

The manner in which this video is being shared indicates that this video along with the claim that the Pakistani flag was present at the Congress party’s rally in Karnataka is circulating on WhatsApp.

Was a Pakistani flag waved at the rally?

The video shows a green coloured flag being waved. We took a screenshot of the video in order to take a good look at the flag.

The flag that was waved at this rally was NOT a Pakistani flag. This is in fact the flag of IUML (Indian Union Muslim league), which is different from the flag of Pakistan. The Pakistani flag has a white band on the left side. Also, there is a difference in the colour and the angle of the crescent in both flags.

Very often, the Pakistani flag is also confused with the banner of Islam. The image below shows the difference between the two flags. Those who are unaware of the difference may end up confusing the two flags. Alt News had earlier reported on News18 portraying an Islamic banner as a Pakistani flag hoisted in Uttar Pradesh.

Karnataka votes on May 12, and the fake news machinery is on an overdrive. There has been a flurry of misinformation related to Karnataka on social media over the last few days. Nationalism and Pakistan are popular themes for fake news peddlers in election season which probably explains how Islamic flags that usually dot towns, cities and villages in India suddenly morph into Pakistani flags on the eve of polls, and spread like wild fire on multiple platforms in a bid to polarise voters.

Update: We had earlier stated the flag was the banner of Islam. However, it is actually the IUML flag. The error is regretted and has been corrected.

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Awanish Sharma

Pakistan is islamic country and this is islamic flag which is worse than pakistan, congress are sponsoring islamisation in India, and ALT NEWS supports them shame on you people shame shame

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Ajay Kaul

What shame are you talking about? Catching lies and fakery of your ilk and people u support blindly is a daily routine now. Why on earth is there a problem with muslims to sanghis when they have never believed in indian flag and always have used saffron flag wherever they go. Have some shame on accepting this truth and then point fingers at others. Whataboutery and fakery have limits and Altnews like fact finders are doing excellent job to expose such nasty elements, be them on any side. Only suggestion to you is please Come Out of blind faith and… Read more »

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Roshan

I am from Kerala and not a supporter of this party Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). But let me tell you that in Kerala they hold public meetings which campaign the need for unity among Hindus and Muslims. They act as a barrier against extremist and banned Muslim Organisations and protect youngsters from being brainwashed. I have even heard a speech, of one of its leaders claiming “The radical Hinduism is tacked in India by good-hearted Secular Hindus and thus Radical and extremist Islamists, should be tacked by us, the Secular Muslims who loves and stands for India (The majority… Read more »

Awanish Sharma
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Awanish Sharma

LOL they want unity among HINDU and MUSLIM under islamic flag Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

abhay
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abhay

Bro, Take care

Anitha Pushparaj
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Anitha Pushparaj

as is saffron flag for Hindus, Green is for Islam.

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India kisi ke baap ka nahi hai

Awanish Sharma
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Awanish Sharma

Haan India is my country, just try to divide it you will find me dividing you in many parts

NARENDRA BHATT
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NARENDRA BHATT

We are seeing democracy getting evaporated day by day

Awanish Sharma
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Awanish Sharma

LOL first learn about democracy

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

This is the latest strategy of right-wing commentators and blind and committed bhakts who cannot indulge in any serious debate and discussion as they are morally and intellectually bankrupt, so they now spread fake news since they have seen the writing on the wall!