Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi is a Pakistani politician who served as the 29th Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2018 to 2022. He previously held the post from 2008 to 2011.

A picture of PTI Key Member Shah Mahmood Qureshi went viral over social media claiming that Shah Mahmood Qureshi is about to join Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). A social media-based news website also posted an article with a similar claim.

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Debunked Source


Fact Check

In order to investigate the claim, we performed a reverse image search of the shared image. The search revealed that the viral video dates back to 12th April 2016. 

(Screenshot from Dunya News website)

Journalist Hamza Azhar Salam tweeted that Zain Hussain Qureshi, son of Shah Mahmood Qureshi, denied the rumors about meeting with PPP officials during an interview with @ThePakDaily.

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Misinformation/ False Context / Propaganda



Our fact-check confirmed that the viral video dates back to 12th April 2016. The picture was shared in a false context to mislead the general public about the resignation of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s key member Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis and Assessment

Actor Independent social media accounts dedicated to Pakistan People’s Party and Muslim League Nawaz are spreading disinformation about Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s member.
Behavior Old pictures with misleading statements are posted and circulated widely on twitter.
ContentSocial Media posts. 
DegreeThe Target audience of this post was the general public, disinformation was mainly shared on Twitter. No synthetic means were used to make the post viral, however, old pictures were resurfaced with misleading claims.
Effect Disinformation is spreading hoaxes and making Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf supporters panic, as Shah Mahmood Qureshi is a key figure of the party.