A video making the rounds on Pakistani social media purports to show a Molotov cocktail being thrown at a police armoured vehicle on March 15 from inside former prime minister Imran Khan’s mansion in Lahore.
The video has been disputed by online users and leaders from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, who claim it is a fake.
Their assertion is untrue.
A PTI member named Fayaz ul Hassan Chohan tweeted a brief video of a man in Lahore hurling a bottle filled with combustible material at the police on March 16.
The footage was described as “false,” and it was claimed that it was actually captured in 2007 during a security operation close to the Red Mosque (Lal Masjid) in Islamabad.
اِسی کہتے ہیں میکاولی، گوئبلز اور چانکیہ کی سیاست۔۔۔۔!!!!
اکیسوی صدی کی زبان میں بولیں تو اِسی کہتے ہیں۔۔۔ آلِ شریف، امپورٹڈ حکمرانوں اور ڈاکو رانی بیگم صفدر کی سیاست۔۔۔۔!!!! pic.twitter.com/8SNPIdg7Wq
— Fayaz ul Hassan Chohan (@Fayazchohanpti) March 16, 2023
At the time of writing, the tweet had 12,600 likes and over 8,274 retweets. While the video has been watched more than 154,000 times on its own.
A similar video was released on Twitter on March 16 with the following caption: “A lie cannot be disguised for long. Journalists and the Community as a whole have been connecting this video to Zaman Park since yesterday.
جھوٹ زیادہ دیر چھپتا نہیں ۔۔
کل سے لفافہ صحافی اور پوری PDM اس ویڈیو زمان پارک سے جوڑ رہے ہیں ۔۔
جھوٹے پے خدا کی لعنت pic.twitter.com/HdLbhdhFsz
— Fatima PTI (@FatimaPTI_IK) March 16, 2023