Check Your Facts: How Indian Propaganda About ‘Locked Graves in Pakistan’ Failed Miserably

It has once again been demonstrated how India’s major media cannot verify basic information about an occurrence and continues to spread false information about Pakistan.

Leading Indian media organisations, such as NDTV, The Times of India, Zed News, and infamous Indian news agency Asian News International (ANI), to name a few, have been reporting for the past few days that parents in Pakistan are “locking up” the graves of their daughters due to an increase in necrophilia cases.

A quick Google search indicates that hundreds of Indian news websites and an equal number of India-based Youtube channels all ran the story, despite there being only one or two Indian media outlets that reported it.

The first person to query whether the news has any reliable “source” was renowned Indian fact-checker and journalist Mohammed Zubair, who coincidentally was imprisoned on allegations of hurting religious emotions for a tweet he made in 2018.

In addition to evaluating the accuracy of the news, Zubair also investigated the story’s specifics for Alt News, a fact-checking website he co-founded. Alt News discovered that the disputed burial is really located in Hyderabad, India.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Update: The grave is from India. More details soon.</p>&mdash; Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) <a href=”https://twitter.com/zoo_bear/status/1652611071587364865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 30, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Alt News, which released photographic proof that the grave being attributed to Pakistan is actually in India, also dispatched a social worker from Hyderabad to the area in question.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”in” dir=”ltr”>The cemetery is located opposite Masjid E Salar Mulk, a mosque in Darab Jung Colony, Madannapet, Hyderabad, Telangana. <br>Link : <a href=”https://t.co/HqY2Nbmsr0″>https://t.co/HqY2Nbmsr0</a> <a href=”https://t.co/gGODRhJgHz”>pic.twitter.com/gGODRhJgHz</a></p>&mdash; Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) <a href=”https://twitter.com/zoo_bear/status/1652687889174794241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 30, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Alt News contacted a social worker named Abdul Jaleel who is a resident of Hyderabad. On being requested by us, he visited the spot and provided us with photographs of the grave in question. <a href=”https://t.co/I6DYRWj8vU”>pic.twitter.com/I6DYRWj8vU</a></p>&mdash; Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) <a href=”https://twitter.com/zoo_bear/status/1652687953834172416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 30, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

According to the local imam, the grave is between 1.5 and 2 years old. The grille was built, the imam said, in order to prevent people from trampling on the grave because it is near the cemetery’s entrance.

Following up on two earlier investigations from 2019 and 2020, the EU DisinfoLab recently exposed how the Indian news service ANI cited phoney sources. Investigations have also shown that ANI frequently cited the defunct “EP Today” and “EU Chronicles,” two fictitious media outlets that claimed to focus on EU politics but were actually founded to promote anti-Pakistan and anti-China themes in India.

 

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