Tarek Fatah's tweet on a Pakistani woman refusing to give her children polio drops, which was actually from a Pakistani movie. The tweet has now been deleted | Graphic: Soham Sen | ThePrint
Tarek Fatah's tweet on a Pakistani woman refusing to give her children polio drops, which was actually from a Pakistani movie. The tweet has now been deleted | Graphic : Soham Sen | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Pakistani-Canadian author Tarek Fatah shared a video early Wednesday of a woman screaming at two polio vaccine volunteers and refusing to allow her children to take the drops.

Fatah had tweeted the video claiming it was from Pakistan, but deleted it later in the day.

In the clip, the woman can be heard saying: “I will never allow my children to take these drops. My children will never drink this.”

The columnist and author, whose Twitter bio says he has been imprisoned by successive military regimes in Pakistan, had shared the video on Facebook as well.

While the Facebook clip was viewed more than 6,000 times until the time of filing this report, the video has been retweeted more than 3,000 times and liked by over 8,000 people on Twitter. Many criticised the woman and the state of affairs in Pakistan.

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Fact check

The video is actually from a Pakistani movie called Load Wedding, which was released on 22 August 2018. The movie’s lead actor, Mehwish Hayat, replied to Fatah’s tweet, debunking his claims.

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Hayat also asked him to check his sources.

“It’s a scene from my movie ‘Load Wedding’, the polio worker is me & that woman an actress. Through the film we were raising awareness on the issue. Glad to see our performances were so convincing (sic),” she wrote.

Load Wedding is a romantic social comedy, shedding light on issues prevalent in Pakistani society.

It isn’t the first time that Fatah, who is known for his anti-Islam views, has fallen prey to fake news.

In November 2019, he had tweeted a doctored image of a madrassa teacher explaining to students why Islam was superior to Hinduism. At the time, Fatah had said: “No, the mullah is not playing knots & crosses. He is teaching Muslim girls in an Indian Islamic school the comparative superiority of Islam over Hindusim.”

The image was actually from a madrassa in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, which was in the news for teaching students Sanskrit along with subjects such as English, Hindi and Urdu.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer. 

Also read: Video of Muslim girl kicked by lawyers shared as ‘Hindu rape victim’ beaten up in Pakistan


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28 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Wow ThePrint I wish you would have shown same desperation when Pakistani minister tweeted Jhonny Sin as kashmiri pallet gun victim

    • You are right sir .Shekhar gupta is most biased journalist . He is pseudosecular person. He has to condemn Modi Government on every step . Modi can be wrong in 90 of his decision but shekhar jee proves that he is 110% wrong in their decision . Modi is not impeccable he is having lots of flaws but he has done some things extraordinary which other can’t dare to do because of vote bank . Shekhar jee aap bi rahul or congress bhakat ho . Ek aur hai ravish kumar he thinks he is super secular person . He has to condemn Modi Government every day . If Arnab is Modi bhakat then you are congress bhakat . I dont hate any religion. I respect Islam religion. I only hate fanatics or extremists of any religion.

  2. Tarek Fateh may have erred. But I have personally seen Muslims refusing to administer polio drops at a railway station in Kerala a few years back. The volunteers were so friendly in explaining the benefits of polio drops. But these people were like they are going to be converted to another religion by polio drops
    You journalists are really biased towards a particular religion. Are you getting paid for this

  3. How many media outlets are funded by Pakistan ? ThePrint is one such Anti-Indian outlet. We have been fighting foreign invaders for 1200 years and will continue to fight till last breath.

  4. Why are you worried? That’s their problem Instead of wasting time for Pakistan you should invest time for Indians n their problems.. So many problem here also solve it..

  5. I can’t believe you news, he is not anti Muslim, may be anti sunny, what is your credit in writing about him

  6. Did this news agency ever comment of fateh being correct ,in any of the things he has said in the past ? Let them print what he has said before most of that is authenticated as actually correct , why do they news guys only talk selectively and not the full truth ? Shame on print for this goof up . Let print bring out the facts completely and then only we will know that print is a reliable agency and not biased against any one .

  7. Who the hell wants to see this bloody news. If you are that much eager to know about Pakistani, please absolutely can go to Pakistan and write your news and show your love and eagerness toward Porkistani.

  8. wow pakistani broker..the print will never leave a chance to support pakistan..kabhi india ka v aaisa hi support kiya karo to dhannya honge hum..

  9. Tarak Fatah goes way too far in criticizing Islam and Pakistanis and is guilty of overlooking facts a lot of times, 7/10 biased against Muslims and Pakistan. And then we have leftist propaganda selling, self – righteous online portals like The Print which does not FACT CHECK into false videos/news/images etc spread by extreme Leftists in India, white wash crimes of leftists/minority/dalit, mercilessly indulges in selective secularism, 10/10 is biased against anyone not benefitting and subscribing to left ideology.
    Hamein chahiye azaadi indeed!

  10. Pakistan has work hard in eradicating polio. In 2018, twenty children affected by polio and in 2019, it had gone up to 117 children. Polio virus is active only in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Terrorists are killing polio health volunteers.

  11. So the woman who was shot dead in Bangalore wasnt anti hindu.
    Just like u have written tarek Fatah has anti islam view .
    You are selective and subtle arent you .

  12. Tarek fateh is just like a venemous snake who enter our country to spread venom hate against others so just throw him out of our country

  13. Don’t call him Pakistani. He calls himself Indian whose ancestors were Hindus, as he claims. He is a puppet for India and Israel. A psycho moron.

    • He talks , right or wrong that may be dbaetable but he only talks ,while innocent people are killed by terrorist and by the people who are silent against any atrocities by the terrorists .these are the people who should be made to pay equally like the terrorists for the deaths of so many people and taken to prison too with them .


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