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“Modi Modi” Was Not Chanted In Pakistan’s National Assembly, Video Shared With Misleading Claims

A video with the claim that opposition in Pakistan’s parliament chanted “Modi Modi” is viral on social media platforms. One such claim shared by a Twitter user reads, 

“We have all heard ⁦@narendramodi⁩ slogans in India!! Massive embarrasment for Pakistan & Imran as Opposition in Pakistan Parliament chants “Modi Modi” There goes Lahoria’s dreams of contesting in Pakistan”

News Nation TVs consulting editor, Deepak Chaurasia shared the video with a similar claim which reads, “Lo Bhai Modi-Modi slogans in Pakistan’s Parliament. It is now a tableau Lahore Karachi is due”

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters and a few media organisations including India TV News and Times Now shared the video with similar claims on social media. 

Times Now Bureau published an article on the same. 

Times Now Bureau article on Pakistan's Parliament chanting (falsely) 'Modi Modi'
Times Now Bureau article on Pakistan’s Parliament chanting (falsely) ‘Modi Modi’

Earlier this month, a French teacher, Samuel Paty, was knifed to death after showing a caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in class. Before that the French President Emmanuel Macron critiqued Islam calling it a religion “in crisis.” Islamic countries retaliated to Macron’s comments saying it would encourage public sentiment against Muslim sentiments. 

In the days following, National Assembly of Pakistan unanimously condemned the alleged objectionable cartoon of Prophet Muhammad and the anti-Muslim sentiment that emerged after. Here is where the video of  the National Assembly of Pakistan comes in, where members present shouted slogans. But did they chant “Modi Modi”? 

Fact Check/ Verification 

Through a relevant keywords search on Google, we came across a Youtube video titled, “Shah Mehmood Qureshi Speech in National Assembly”. The 17 minute video was posted by Dunya News on 26 October. 

On slowing down the video and keenly listening we could clearly hear the opposition members in Pakistan’s National Assembly shouting “Voting Voting” not Modi Modi”. However, it’s worth noting that Shah did mention PM Narendra Modi in his speech, but there was no chanting his name. 

Further, we came across a 27 October article by Dawn, which reads, “Foreign Minister Qureshi read out another resolution that the government wanted to be passed with consensus on the issue of blasphemy. With opposition members chanting “voting! voting!” for the resolution presented by Asif, a furious Qureshi accused the opposition of “doing politics” on the sensitive matter.”

October article by Dawn on Pakistan's National Assembly unanimously adopting resolution against blasphemous sketches
October article by Dawn on Pakistan’s National Assembly unanimously adopting resolution against blasphemous sketches

This claim was debunked in our Hindi fact check earlier today. 

Conclusion 

Our research makes it clear that “Modi Modi” was not chanted in the National Assembly of Pakistan. The claim by individuals and certain media organisations is misleading. 

Result: Misleading 

Our Sources

Dunya News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBu_wR2TzFk

Dawn: https://www.dawn.com/news/1587131

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/20/beheaded-teacher-samuel-paty-to-get-legion-of-honour-france-says-minister

Al Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/2/macron-announces-new-plan-to-regulate-islam-in-france

The Express Tribune: https://tribune.com.pk/story/2269996/pakistan-condemns-france-over-blasphemous-cartoons


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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