This image has been fabricated from a photo of a road sign at the US-Mexico border

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An image has been shared hundreds of times on Twitter and Facebook alongside a claim it shows a road sign with an Islamophobic message displayed at the border of India and Pakistan. The claim is false: the image has been fabricated. The original photo shows a road sign warning against illegal firearms at the US-Mexico border.

"At the India Pakistan border when you cross into India," reads the text overlaid on this image that was shared on Twitter on July 20, 2021.

The image purports to show a road sign that states: "India Border / You are entering a Sharia-free zone. Please set your watches forward 1,400 years".

"Sharia" refers to the religious law of Islam.

A screenshot of the misleading post taken on July 28, 2021

An identical image was also shared hundreds of times alongside a similar claim on Facebook here, here, here, here, and here; and on Twitter here.

The claim is false: the image has been fabricated.

A reverse image search on Google, followed by a keyword search, found a similar image was published here by the Latin Dispatch news organisation on September 15, 2010.

The road sign in the original image states in part: "Warning / Weapons and ammunition illegal in Mexico".

"A sign at the border in San Luis warns against bringing arms into Mexico. U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke says that arms trafficking to Mexico is a major problem," reads the image's caption.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the fabricated image (L) and the original image published by Latin Dispatch (R):

 

 

The original image corresponds to a road sign seen in San Luis, Arizona here on Google Street View.

Similar fabricated images were previously debunked here by US fact-checking organisation Snopes in May 2018.