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False Claims of Military Vehicle Fires in Balochistan

False Claims of Military Vehicle Fires in Balochistan

Infostani International: False claims circulated on social media depicting militants burning military vehicles in Balochistan’s Mach. However, a recent investigation by the iVerify Pakistan team reveals that the footage is misleading, originating from a clash between the PPP and MQM-P in Karachi on Jan 28. This report aims to debunk the false information, clarifying the actual events captured in the videos and posts.


False Claims of Military Vehicles Burning in Balochistan’s Mach: A Fact-Check Investigation by iVerify Pakistan

On Tuesday, videos and posts circulated on social media platform X falsely claimed to depict militants burning military vehicles in Balochistan’s Mach. However, the footage originated from a clash between the PPP and MQM-P in Karachi on Jan 28.

An Indian user, Baba Banaras, posted a six-second clip on social media platform X on January 30, showing two vehicles set ablaze and a soldier. The misleading caption asserted that it showcased burning vehicles of the Pakistan Army in Mach and Bolan, with sounds of explosions and gunfire towards the forces’ camps and posts throughout the city, according to local sources. The post garnered over 24,000 views.

To verify the claim amid a terrorist attack in Mach on the night of Jan 29, the iVerify Pakistan team conducted an investigation. They discovered a video on YouTube published on Jan 29, featuring the same two burned vehicles and visuals as in the shared clip.

False Claims of Military Vehicle Fires in Balochistan

Misinformation Alert: False Claims Regarding Karachi Clash and Mach Incident Exposed

Further research using keywords such as “MQM,” “PPP,” and “clash” revealed news reports sharing either the clip or screenshots from an incident. A worker of the MQM-Pakistan was killed, and a PPP worker was injured in a clash between the two parties during an election campaign in Karachi’s Nazimabad on the night of Jan 28.

Additionally, the iVerify Pakistan team noted that the shared image of a burning building was also debunked as fake by users. A reverse image search for the picture yielded results from April 2021 and was available on the stock photography agency Alamy.

In conclusion, the iVerify Pakistan team determined that the claim about the burning vehicles and the building on fire as current imagery from the tense situation in Mach is false. This fact check has been published in partnership with iVerify Pakistan, a project of CEJ and UNDP.