Fact-Check: Fake Image Of Pakistani PM Being Strip-Searched At US Airport

From our friends at
Alt News
Priyanka Jha

April 11th, 2018

Image Credit: Ayupp

Recently, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had to undergo a security check at JFK Airport in New York during a visit. From then a picture which is said to be of Pakistan Prime Minister is going viral on social media, claiming that this photograph was taken while he was going through the security check. The blurred photograph shows a man stripping down at the airport security. This photograph has been shared thousands of times with different narratives in a number of pages, groups and personal profiles on Facebook. A page called BJP which has over 100,000 followers shared it on March 29 with the heading “Pigs took Kulbhushan’s wife’s mangalsutra, U.S authorities took the Pakistani PM’s pants off” (translated). At the time of writing this article, this post from BJP page has been shared more than 62,000 times.


https://www.facebook.com/182459325675237/photos/a.182463715674798.1073741827.182459325675237/204041523517017/?type=3


Another page Rohit Sardana Fan Club which has about 500,000 followers shared the same picture with the title “Stripping down Pakistani pride” (translated). This image has been shared 2000 times at the time of writing this article.


पाकिस्तान की इज्जत उतरते हुए।

Posted by Rohit Sardana Fans Club on Wednesday, March 28, 2018


This image is viral on Twitter as well. Many twitter users tweeted this picture saying “Whoever messes with India, has been stripped by America” (translated).


https://twitter.com/rahulrl_/status/979017319207772161


https://twitter.com/AbhijitSinger__/status/978990899412676608


Is it indeed Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi?

In fact it is not! When Altnews put the image through Google Reverse Image search we found many pages with this photograph.



In fact this image is from a 2015 news article from the Daily Mail. The image is from St. Petersburg. In a bizarre incident a man fed up of security checks completely stripped and walked through the metal detector after which he picked his clothes and walked off. This whole incident was captured on CCTV camera. In the reverse search, this link uncova.com‘s image can be seen below.



Below is the video of the whole incident uploaded on February 16, 2015 on YouTube.



Another facebook page Doval Fan Club which has more than 37,00,000 followers shared these two images on 30th March. It has been shared more than 37000 times.


Posted by Doval Fan Club on Friday, March 30, 2018


“ The news is that for the first time in history a head of a country was stripped naked for search in another country”

(translated). With these words, this page has taken two pictures. When we put the first picture on Google reverse image we found out that this picture was not of the Pakistani PM but of a traveler in Charlotte airport of North Carolina. According to the Daily Mail report, he was apparantly protesting his flight to Jamaica being overbooked and he took his clothes off in protest.

Below, we have compared the pictures and we find that in the picture shared on Facebook, the face is blurred and in the original picture, we can clearly see that it is not Abbasi.



In the video uploaded below the entire incident can be viewed. This video was uploaded on youtube by TomoNews US on May 26, 2015.



Since the time it was reported by media that the Pakistani PM has been searched at a US airport, old pictures from the internet are being shared. Because the news of Pakistani PM being frisked is true, people are forwarding these images believing them to be credible.

Published with the permission from Alt News.

Share your thoughts..

Art Has The Power To Transform Lives

Related Stories

Physics Professor HC Verma Debunks A False Claim That He Donated Rs 1 Crore To PM’s Relief Fund

Image Of The Youth Shared By India TV, Journalist Kanchan Gupta Is Not Of A Boy Named ‘Abdul Jamal Khan’

Fact Check: Did BJP Workers Break Solar Panels Because It Made Sun God Angry?

Fake Quotes: Tendulkar, Owaisi, Hillary Clinton And Others

India Today Uses 2-Year-Old YouTube Video To Report Pakistani Mortar Fire

An Old Picture From Palestine Is Used To Create Communal Hatred Among Hindus And Muslims

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

BJP Youth Wing Leader Boasts About Setting Fire To Rohingya Camp In Delhi, Complaints Filed

Environment

Kerala: This Bank Goes Beyond Its Duties And Helps 800 Villagers Learn Organic Farming

Legal

Seven Opposition Parties Move Impeachment Motion Against CJI; Submit Petition To Vice President With 71 Signatures

News

Gujarat HC Acquits Maya Kodnani From Naroda Patiya Case, Worst Massacre Of 2002 Gujarat Riots

Get Inspired

Manipuri Man Missing For 40 Years Reunites With Family Thanks To YouTube

World Affairs

Pilot Safely Lands Plane After Mid-Air Engine Blast, Saves Lives Of 143 Passengers