This photo shows a political rally by Pakistan’s current ruling party in 2018
A photo of an enormous crowd has been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim it shows a major political opposition rally in the Pakistani city of Lahore on December 13, 2020. The claim is false; the photo actually shows a rally in Lahore by the current Pakistani ruling party in 2018.
The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “As a political commentator I see that it is an unbelievably huge rally. It has broken all previous records. It’s a very big jolt for the government.”
The post circulated the same day the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a major coalition of opposition political parties, held a rally at the Minar-e-Pakistan monument. Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported on the rally here and here.
The claim, however, is false.
A Google reverse image search found the photo in fact shows a political rally at the same venue in April 2018, more than two years before the PDM rally in December 2020.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook posts (L) and the April 2018 post (R):
PTI published more photos from the April 2018 rally in a Facebook album here.