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Fact Check: Old and unrelated images from Pakistan being shared to falsely show the ongoing situation in Pakistan

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Summary

All the four viral images are indeed from Pakistan but these images are old and are unrelated to the ongoing situation in Pakistan. The first image is from 2013 after a bomb blast in 2013 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The second image is from 2006 after a bomb blast in Karachi. The third and Fourth images are from a bomb blast in 2009 in Karachi.

Pakistan's politics have been in turmoil since the arrest of the son-in-law of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Opposition parties in the country stood against Imran Khan governmen. Pakistan Army is also seeing blacklash and there are rumours that Sindh police chief was kidnapped by army troops to coerce cops into arresting Safdar, the son-in-law of exiled former Prime Minister Sharif. 

In its backdrop, some image are going viral on social media showing vandalized streets with ablaze vehciles and building in the background. The image are being shared with a claim that pictures are from Karachi, which is right now burning due to the 'civil war' like situation. 

BJP MLA from Indore Ramesh Mendola tweeted these picture with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "Karachi is buring since last two days. The police of Sindh province and Pakistan Army  have come against each other.. Blasts are happening everyday but why arent any Indan news channels showing this news?"

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Another user named Nouman Amir also shared the same set of images saying, "Karachi condition after overnight civil war. Very sad. Plz raise voice for our sindh police and karachi people."

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The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found that viral images are indeed from Pakistan but these are old images are not related to the ongoing situation in Pakistan. 

First Image

In this image, one can see ablaze buildings in the background and some people are helping the injured people. With the help of a reverse image search, we found this picture in the photo gallery of CNN News website. The photo was taken after a bomb blast in 2013 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The blast took place in a car in which more than 40 people died. This picture can be found at number eight in the photo gallery.


Second Image

With the help of reverse image seach, we found this picture on the website of Adobe Stock. According to the information given here, the picture was taken after a bomb blast in March 2006 in Karachi. The blast took place outside the Marriott Hotel in Karachi in which at least two deaths were reported.

Third and Fourth Image

The third and Fourth images are from a bomb blast in 2009 in Karachi. After reverse searching the images, we found the third picture in an article of 'SAMAA TV' and the fourth picture on the website of Getty Images. The suicide bombing took place during a religious procession in Karachi in which more than 40 people lost their lives. 

Hence, all the four viral images are indeed from Pakistan but these images are old and are unrelated to the ongoing situation in Pakistan. The first image is from 2013 after a bomb blast in 2013 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The second image is from 2006 after a bomb blast in Karachi. Third and Fourth images are from a bomb blast in 2009 in Karachi.

Protest season has begun in Pakistan and the streets are getting warm with the slogans of ‘Go Niazi Go’, aimed at the Imran Khan government. Huge protests were witnessed against the establishment in various parts of Pakistan including Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). However, we did not find any news articles reporting the kind of violence as shown in the viral images. 

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