This image of a rally in Pakistan has been doctored to digitally insert an Indian flag

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An image appearing to show an Indian flag raised at a political rally in the Pakistani city of Karachi has been shared multiple times on Facebook and Twitter. The image, however, has been digitally manipulated; the original photo shows no Indian flag waving in the crowd.

The image was published on Facebook here on October 22, 2020.

The text in the image translates to English as: “For 70 years we were teased by the Pakistan national flag, yesterday at a rally in Karachi, an Indian national flag was raised. Victory to mother India.”

The post’s caption translated as: “Hail Mother India / Hail India”

The image was also shared alongside a similar claim on Facebook here, here, here and here; and by two politicians of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party here and here.

The image, however, has been doctored. 

A reverse image search on Google found that the original photo shows no Indian flag raised in the crowd. The photo was published by Pakistani English-language newspaper Dawn here on October 19, 2020.

The photo is attributed to Dawn and is captioned: “Supporters of opposition parties gather at Bagh-i-Jinnah in Karachi for PDM’s second rally.”

PDM, an acronym for Pakistan Democratic Movement, is a coalition of opposition political parties united against the ruling government Prime Minister Imran Khan. The photo shows PDM supporters gathering on October 18, 2020, for a rally in Bagh-i-Jinnah, a historic park in Karachi. 

Below is a screenshot comparison of the image shared in the misleading post (L) and the original Dawn photo (R):

Screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (L) and the original Dawn photo (R)

Similar photos from the rally were also published on Twitter here on the official account of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), a PDM political party, and here by the party’s chief, Maryam Nawaz.