An unofficial twitter handle, @ChNisarAIiKhan_, of former Pakistan Muslim League’s Defense Minster, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, shared a picture of Chaudhry Nisar’s meeting with former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan with a caption
خان صاحب جیسا عظیم لیڈر میں نے زندگی میں نہیں دیکھا
بہت دلیر نڈر ہے عمران خان متفق ریٹویٹ کریں اور فالو کرتے جاۓ۔
“I have never seen such a great leader in my life
Imran Khan is very brave and fearless. Please retweet and follow.”
The same picture was shared from the same twitter account on 27th March 2022.
Using AI assisted tools, a reverse image search was done and it was found that the image is doctored. The original picture dates back to 8th August 2018.
The picture was taken in 2018, during the meeting of US Ambassador, John Hoover, on US-Pak relations with Imran Khan at his residence in Bani Gala, Islamabad.
Our research confirmed that the viral picture of Chaudhry Nisar meeting with Imran Khan is doctored and shared with a false context, the picture is shared by an account impersonating to be former federal Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media accounts and pages are involved in disseminating fake and misleading content.|
|Behavior||A social media post claims that former minister who was afilliated with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) met and praised former Prime Imran Khan.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||The post was made by a fake twitter account claiming to be Former PML-N leader. Political party supporters are either trying to promote the parties they support or trying to defame the parties they don’t support through fake news and disinformation. It is an on-going cyber war.|
|Effect||The forged picture was shared to portray that former PML-N leader has also voiced against the current government; the misinformation was being spread to maximize PTI chairman Imran Khan popularity across the country.|