Fact Check: Video Of Islamic Flags On Houses Of Jalandhar Being Made Viral As Pakistani Flags
A video is being shared on Facebook & Twitter which shows flags flying on the roofs of a few houses in Jalandhar, Punjab. The voiceover in the video, which is in Punjabi, says, “ There are a few houses in Vijay Colony near the 66 feet road, which have hoisted the flags of Pakistan, and not just one, around 8 to 10 of them. They’ve turned Jalandhar into Mini Pakistan.”
NoConversion, shared this video as well with the caption: “Pakistani flags … in Jalandhar Punjab, this area Vijay Colony is mainly filled with converted Christian & Missionaries”
Given below is the video shared by the page:
Pakistani flags … in Jalandhar Punjab , this area Vijay Colony is mainly filled with converted Christian & Missionaries
NoConversion ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ನವೆಂಬರ್ 5, 2019
Jalandhar 66 feet Road Vijay colony
V Kumar Heer ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಸೋಮವಾರ, ನವೆಂಬರ್ 4, 2019
Meanwhile, a few YouTube videos are being shared by Pakistani users stating that Sikhs have put up Pakistan’s flag as a token of gratitude for opening up the Kartarpur Corridor. A few Pakistani YouTube channels have even covered this video.
The video may be true, but misleading. The flags hoisted on the houses are Islamic Flags, not Pakistani Flags.
On looking closely at the video, one would see that some of the flags have blue stripes, while one flag has a white background with a green and red stripe.
Here are photographs of the flags which were hoisted, with the screengrabs:
This flag was later held by one of the residents in the colony in Jalandhar. On looking closely, there are two vertical stripes, a black and white one as well as a blue one, which is an Islamic Flag, not the flag of Pakistan
This flag has a photo of the Madinah Masjid in Saudi Arabia. This flag is usually used during Islamic festivals including Eid. This is also in no way, related to Pakistan. (Image Credits: Flipkart)
In an article reported by Dainik Bhaskar, a few Hindu Right Wing politicians objected to the Muslims living in the colony putting up the flags to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad, to which the latter refused to remove them. Ishant Sharma, a Shiv Sena politician then got policemen, who made the residents remove the flag. However, after a lot of convincing that they did not unfurl Pakistan flags, they were allowed to put them back.
Many people have always been confused between the Islamic and the Pakistani flags. It can be safe to say that the flags in the video are not Pakistani flags. Also, as said in the Pakistani videos, Sikhs did not hoist the Pakistan flag on their rooftops to show gratitude to the neighbouring country for opening up the Kartarpur Corridor.