Doctored image of Pakistan opposition party's campaign poster misleads on social media
An image shared multiple times on Facebook and Twitter purports to show a Pakistan opposition party will put forward a man recently arrested for harassment to contest a seat in Pakistan's National Assembly in the capital Islamabad. The claim is misleading: the image has been doctored to add the man's face in one of the opposition party's campaign posters from 2018.
The post’s caption reads: “Usman Mirza, the known rapist & a certified goon, belongs to none other than PML-N. Unfortunately, the likes of him have long hidden behind powerful figures & parties, believing they’re above the law. No more. Not in Naya [new] Pakistan. Not in Imran Khan’s Pakistan.”
Usman Abrar -- also known as Usman Mirza -- is a businessman who was recently arrested for allegedly harassing and beating a couple in Islamabad, local media outlet Dawn News reported here.
The image purports to show Mirza’s face on a campaign poster for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. It indicates Mirza will contest a seat in elections in Islamabad.
The Urdu-language text on the image reads: “11 March, Sunday 2 o’clock. Social Media Convention. Fawara chowk, Liaqat road, Rawalpindi. Departure procession 1 o’clock. Public Secretariat PP-9 (PMLN). Tench road, Chungi number 22. Usman Mirza NA-53, Islamabad”.
The image, however, has been doctored to include Mirza.
A reverse image search found the original image posted here in a Facebook post on March 10, 2018.
It shows a member of the PML-N and former minister in the Punjab provincial assembly, Chaudhry Muhammad Ayaz--- not Usman Mirza.
The name next to Ayaz's image reads: “Chaudhry Muhammad Ayaz, former MPA (PP-9)”.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the doctored image (L) and the original image (R):
Pakistan's last National Assembly elections were held in 2018. The next national elections are scheduled for 2023.
According to both versions of the original 2018 poster, a PML-N rally was scheduled on "11 March, Sunday 2 o'clock" at "Fawara chowk, Liaqat road, Rawalpindi".
This corresponds with reports of a PML-N rally held on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
The video's headline reads: "Rawalpindi: Maryam Addresses Social Media Workers Convention BE1".
She also tweeted about the rally here.
This is people's love for Nawaz Sharif ❤️ https://t.co/4WAsyTJvDe— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) March 11, 2018
The rally was also reported here by local media outlet Dawn News on March 12, 2018.