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A Pakistani Americans delegation visited Israel on 11th May, 2022 apparently to promote Israel-Pakistan relations, according to foreign media reports. The visit was sponsored by a pro-Israel civil group Sharaka (“Partnership” in Arabic) established in 2020 after the signing of The Abraham Accords and recognition of Israel by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. As the news broke out, lots of negative sentiments against the ruling government were observed as the delegation was mistakenly assumed as the official delegation of the Government of Pakistan.

A social media user shared a photo claiming Aisha Bajwa, niece of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, meeting with Israel President as a part of Pakistani delegation. 

(Screenshot from Twitter post)

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Fact Check

While going through the comments of the tweet, we found a quote tweet by the official account of Aisha Bajwa which denied the rumor of being General Bajwa’s niece. She clarified that she is an American-Pakistani activist working for global peace and has no relation with COAS/political parties. The Ministry of foreign affairs, Pakistan, also denied the report of any official Pakistani delegation visit to Israel.

(Screenshot from Twitter post)

(Screenshot from The Namal website)

Source

https://thenamal.com/national/aisha-bajwa-says-she-is-not-army-chiefs-niece/

https://www.geo.tv/latest/419831-govt-terminated-ptv-anchor-for-being-part-of-pakistan-delegation-to-israel-marriyum-aurangzeb

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/30-May-2022/pakistani-journalist-ahmed-quraishi-fired-from-ptv-over-israel-visit

Rating

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Conclusion

Our fact-check confirmed that a picture of an activist was shared relating it to COAS General Bajwa due to name resemblance and to mislead the general public.

ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis 

Actor Independent accounts on twitter are involved in spreading disinformation on social media. 
Behavior A picture on social media claims that COAS ‘niece met Israel’s President in an official delegation from Pakistan. 
ContentSocial Media posts. 
DegreeThe content is being spread to promote the ‘ousted government’ notion of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. No synthetic means are being used to make the content viral.
Effect The picture is being circulated to mislead the general public. It was shared during times when trends against Javed Bajwa were among the top trends, it added fuel to the existing hate he was receiving online. This viral post also adds value to the popularity of Imran Khan.