New Delhi: The Indian Army Friday shared several videos showing anti-tank guided missiles and rockets hitting Pakistani bunkers across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in heavy shelling.
The Indian Army’s videos show destruction of Pakistani bunkers across the LoC in Uri, Keran, Naugaon, Gurez and Kupwara regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
A screenshot of the operation showing the destruction of Pakistani positions has now gone viral in the neighbouring country’s media, with text beneath the image claiming it’s from a 2019 video of explosions in Syria.
Several Pakistani handles have shared the screenshot.
Fake video released by Indians yesterday. This is Syria last year. Khara Sach pic.twitter.com/pOlQT0RGsX
— Mubasher Lucman (@mubasherlucman) November 14, 2020
Dear @VishnuNDTV @ShivAroor, it is recommended to do due diligence before posting videos that are either fake or falsely attributed. I don't expect you to apologise for failing to verify your information, but do take corrective measures in public interest.
— Shahid Raza (@schaheid) November 13, 2020
Some Indian handles also questioned the veracity of the videos.
How is NDTV any different from ANI, if it posts fake videos supplied by their "sources". This 2019 South Idlib, Syrian video is still available on YouTube for fact checking. I doubt this is an innocent mistake. https://t.co/qBt5teIfF8
— Nikhil (@Nikhilreturns) November 14, 2020
Pakistani handles have also shared another screenshot tweeted by one Vikram Rajput claiming that it is of a Pakistani captain who died in the strike.
— Vikrant Rajput (@VikrantRajput0) November 13, 2020
ThePrint’s fact checker has found that the image being shared by Pakistani media is an altered version of the Indian Army video screenshot. The image has been edited and text taken from a video of explosions in Syria has been placed below.
The Syrian explosion video from last year is available on YouTube, and has a logo on the top right corner, which the viral image doesn’t have.
None of the Pakistani handles that have shared the altered image gave a link of the old Syrian video. Only the single image has been circulated.
The original Syrian video also does not have the clip (or frame) that was shared by the Indian Army Friday. The InVid tool was used to check the video shared by the Army, and it was found that the clip was not posted or uploaded anywhere before it was released by the force.
The image by Twitter user Rajput, which has been shared by nearly 2,000 times, was also found to be fake. It is a picture of Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir.
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.