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Fact Check: Viral Image Showing Crowd Watching Babar Azam At Lal Chowk Is Edited 


An image is widely shared on social media, claiming that a crowd assembled at Lal Chowk in Kashmir to watch Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam on a big screen. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “Lal Chowk, picturesque scenery of Kashmir. Everyone was watching ‘ batting… #cricket”

Here’s the link to the above post.


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

Doing a Reverse Image Search of the viral image, the NM team traced a tweet posted by Srinagar Police, dated August 23, 2023, carrying an image with a caption: “People at Lal Chowk Srinagar today witnessed Live coverage of Chandrayaan-3 Landing on the big screen at ‘lal chowk square’. @isro #Chandrayaan3”. The original picture shows people watching a live stream of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft’s landing on the moon’s surface.

Below is the comparison between the viral image and the original image. 

Searching further, we found various news outlets that covered the live broadcast of the Chandrayaan-3 landing at Lal Chowk. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an edited image is falsely shared as the crowd is watching Babar Azam at Lal Chowk. 

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