Is the petrol bomb video an old one?

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.

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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.


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.

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