Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf tweets picture from 2016 to claim that 12-year-old boy killed by Indian Army in Kashmir

Posted on 2019-08-11 13:46:16 by Himani Joshi


A 12-year-old boy Junaid Ahmed had died after suffering a head injury and pellet wounds in 2016. 

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The official twitter handle of Pakistan's PM Imran Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf tweeted a picture to claim that a 12-year-old Kashmiri boy Junaid Ahmed was killed by the Indian forces. The tweet reads "Junaid Ahmed, the 12 yr old, Kashmiri martyr; he deserved a lot more than this. Let no other 12 yr old Kashmiri child face this. Raise your voice against Modi gov’s brutalities in Kashmir".

The tweet received more than 2000 retweets and 4900 likes at the time of writing this article. Even though the tweet has not mentioned the timeline of the incident, many people can take it as a recent considering the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Old picture

After a simple google reverse image research, we found that the viral picture has been used as a thumbnail in videos related to the death of Danish Zehen, a popular YouTuber & the reality show "Ace of Space" contestant from Mumbai who died on 20 December 2018 in a car accident on Vashi Highway, Mumbai.

According to a report in India Today, Danish was Returning from a wedding in Kurla when he met with the accident. You can see the picture here

Even though we couldn't conclusively establish whether the picture is of Danish last rites or not but it is certain that the picture is at least 8 months old and has no relation with recent developments in Kashmir.

No firing incidents in Valley in past one week: J&K Police

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have brushed aside media reports of firing incidents in the Kashmir Valley, saying they did not fire a single bullet for nearly a week and the situation in the region is calm. 

Inspector General (IG) of Police, Kashmir, SP Pani has also rejected media reports, saying they are false and no firing incident has taken place in the Valley in last one week. 

It is important to mention that Siddharth Varadarajan has reported in The Wire that at least 21 young men and boys were brought in to Srinagar’s main hospital for treatment for pellet injuries in the first three days after the Modi government announced the scrapping of special constitutional provisions for Jammu and Kashmir, and the end of its status as a state. However, we couldn't independently verify the authenticity of the report. Even the Wire's report hasn't mentioned about any Junaid Ahmed.

Junaid Ahmed's death in Oct 2016

When we searched on Google with a keyword "Junaid Ahmed killed in Kashmir", we found several reports about the death of a 12-year-old boy named Junaid Ahmed in Kashmir. According to doctors at Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, he died after suffering a head injury and pellet wounds.

According to a report by Greater Kashmir, the family members of Junaid Ahmad claimed that he was killed inside his house. They alleged that government forces barged into their residential house and fired pellets on him. However, according to a report by Aljazeera, police said he was a part of anti-India protests.

We compared the picture shared by Greater Kashmir and Imran Khan's party and found that there are a lot of similarities between the two. The blanket in which the dead body was wrapped is the same. The bandage in the head also looks the same. The flag also appears the same.

It is highly likely that the two pictures are the same i.e the funeral procession of Danish Ahmed. However, the incident happened in 2016 and has no connection with recent developments in Kashmir.

Conclusion: The picture shared by Imran Khan's party is real but the incident happened in 2016. The picture has no relation with recent developments in Kashmir.

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