A photo was posted on former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official Twitter account in 2014 and does not show the aftermath of Imran Khan’s shooting in November 2022.
Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was injured in the leg when unidentified gunmen fired during a protest march in Wazirabad, Pakistan. In which he and several of his followers were injured. He was rushed to a hospital in Lahore and is now out of danger.
In this situation, social media is surfacing with an image of the former cricketer dressed in dark clothes lying on white sheets with his hands raised in the air. It is claimed that these photos were taken after the incident.
The caption of the post states that #PTI Chairman #ImranKhan was transferred to Shaukat Khanam Hospital in #Lahore in an injured condition after an assassination attempt on him during a long march in #Gujranwala.
Some tweets included the caption “Praying for your speedy recovery. God bless you my leader #Imran Khan 3Firing #PTIlongMarch”
We began our investigation by performing a reverse image search on Google, which led us to this image shared by former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on his own verified Twitter account on August 17, 2014. In it he wrote: “ Night in dharna”. You can see that tweet below.
Further research revealed information regarding this image. According to the Economic Times, “Khan had launched the protest in Lahore on August 14 and led thousands of his supporters to sit down outside parliament in Islamabad to force the government to carry out an impartial investigation into allegations of fraud during the ‘election which his Pakistani party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lost.’ of a terrorist attack in Peshawar.
Fact Crescendo found the claim made with the viral image to be misleading. The viral image is not related to the recent attack on former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 3, 2022, the image dates back to 2014.
Title:Image from 2014 shared as visuals after the recent attack on Imran Khan
Fact check by: Usha Manoj