Every year, much of Pakistan struggles with the annual monsoons, drawing criticism about poor government planning. Since mid-June, the deluge has swollen rivers and damaged highways and bridges, disrupting traffic. Almost 9,000 homes have been fully destroyed or partially damaged.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, former Minister of Information & Broadcasting, shared a video of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Aircraft landing in flood water at the airport with a caption “And PPP wants to rule Pakistan 🙂 14 years of uninterrupted rule in Sindh has drowned the whole Sindh and Zardari now wants the whole Pak to implement the great Governance model of Nawab Shah family…”
And PPP wants to rule Pakistan:) 14 years of uninterrupted rule in Sindh has drowned whole Sindh and Zardaris now want whole Pak to implement great Governance model of NawabShah family… pic.twitter.com/BIOmzXSL9T— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 11, 2022
In order to investigate the claim, we extracted key frames of the shared video and performed a reverse image search.
The search revealed that the viral video dates back to 27th August 2020 during the government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). The landing was reported by 24 News, a Pakistani media outlet, in 2020.
(Screenshot from 24 News YouTube channel)
Pakistan civil aviation authority also posted a clarification regarding the video on their official twitter handle.
(Screenshot from PCAA official post)
An old video is being flushed around on social media that shows an airplane moving on a runway covered in water. Please note that this is an old video, nearly 3-year old, and does not depict the present situation at Karachi's JIAP, which is normal, with drains working normally. pic.twitter.com/wcM5VmQbFg— PCAAOfficial (@official_pcaa) July 11, 2022
Disinformation/ False Context / Propaganda
Our fact-check confirmed that the viral video dates back to 27th August 2020. The video was shared in a false context to mislead the general public about governance & poor management of the government of Sindh.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis and Assessment
|Actor||Verified official account of a former federal minister is involved in disseminating disinformation.|
|Behavior||Misleading statement is posted and circulated widely on twitter accusing the ruling party of bad governance.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||The Target audience of this post was the general public, the purpose of sharing it was to blame the rival party. No synthetic means were used to make the post viral; it was shared by a verified account which multiplied the reach and overall impact.|
|Effect||Disinformation is spreading hoax and misleading general social media users in Pakistan. Doctored videos are causing heated debates among rival political party supporters.|