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Fact Check: Doctored Video Falsely Claiming That Former Pak PM Imran Khan Is Tortured In Jail Goes Viral


A video showing former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking with an injured eye is extensively circulated on social media with a narrative, suggesting that he was physically abused. Imran Khan was arrested in Lahore on August 5 after being convicted in the Toshakhana corruption case. The Pakistan trial court sentenced him to three years in prison.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Imran Khan has been tortured in jail and one eye damaged. Forwarded as received. May Allah Cure Genuine Imran Khan Soon !!! May Allah show the truth & take him out of Jail !!! #ImranKhanPTI #ImranKhan #Pakistan”

Here’s the link to the above post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, our team identified a YouTube channel ‘WE News’ carrying the original clip, dated August 1, 2023, wherein Imran Khan was interviewed regarding the elections and his administration. 

The viral video has been edited by using different timestamps extracted from the original, more extended version, and manipulated. Furthermore, the genuine video featuring Khan discussing the government was uploaded on August 1, 2023, and he was arrested on August 5, 2023. 

The original video also indicates that Khan’s eyes were not shut, which contrasts with the edited viral video where his eyes appear closed. 

Thus, it is clear that an edited video is shared as former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was tortured in jail.

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