As political turmoil in Pakistan culminated with the dissolution of the national assembly and imminent polls within 90 days, a video claiming to show a message by Pakistan PM Imran Khan displayed on Burj Khalifa has gone viral on social media.
Several Twitter users shared the one minute and forty-one-second long video claiming to show that Imran Khan’s message was displayed on Burj Khalifa, taking pride in the alleged feat achieved by the cricketer-turned-politician.
The video is doing the rounds on Facebook as well.
Last week, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif tabled a no-trust motion against PM Imran Khan in Pakistan’s National Assembly. The deputy speaker however, blocked the no-confidence motion against Khan terming it “unconstitutional” and part of a plot by “foreign powers” to interfere in Pakistan’s democracy. The opposition cried foul and accused the Pakistan PM of “high treason” for calling off the no-confidence vote.
“It is nothing short of a high treason. Imran Khan has pushed the country into anarchy. Niazi & his cohort will not be allowed to go scot-free. There will be consequences for blatant & brazen violation of the Constitution. Hope SC will play it’s role to uphold the Constitution,” tweeted Sharif.
On Sunday, the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, dissolved the national assembly on Imran Khan’s advice. Fresh elections will be held within 90 days.
Khan called for fresh elections and said, “The people should decide what they want, not foreigners. Buying people through money has resulted in this. Put that money in something better. I implore the nation to prepare for elections. You will decide the future of this nation, not the corrupt or the foreigners
We carefully analysed the video and spotted a watermark of one ‘@Noxious_Numaira’ on the clip. Taking a clue, we searched for ‘@Noxious_Numaira’ on Twitter, however, we were not able to find any Twitter account by this name.
Newschecker Urdu team however managed to spot a tweet by Numaira before her account was deleted, clarifying that Imran Khan’s video on Burj Khalifa is edited and not real. We were able to retrieve the archive link of the same.
Newschecker further looked up for the YouTube channel of ‘Noxious Numaira’ and found that the viral video was uploaded on her channel on March 24, 2022 with the caption, ‘PM Imran Khan’s video displayed on Burj Khalifa.’
The ‘About’ section of the channel reads, “Pakistani Political Memes. Video & Picture Editing Tutorials.”
We found several digitally edited videos on this YouTube channel, including a video showing a giant hologram of Imran Khan in Moscow.
We scanned through the official social media accounts of Burj Khalifa, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but didn’t find any video displaying Imran Khan’s address on Dubai’s landmark building. We didn’t find any information about the same on the official website of Emaar properties.
The viral video claiming to show that Imran Khan’s message was displayed on Burj Khalifa has been digitally created. Khan’s address was not displayed on the building in reality.
Result: Manipulated Media/Altered Video/Photo
Twitter Account Of @Noxious_Numaira
Social Media Profiles Of Burj Khalifa
(The article was originally published in Newschecker Urdu.)
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