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Fact Check: Image of Actor Dharmendra Erroneously Shared As Tahrik-e-Taliban Chief

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An image of an elderly man wearing a pathani suit with a turban on his head is widely shared on social media claiming that he is Tahrik-e-Taliban chief Noor Wali Mehsud.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “ये हैं तहरीक ए तालिबान का हेड नूरवली महसूद । ये इसकी इकलौती तस्वीर है जो सीआईए ने करोड़ों डॉलर रिश्वत देके हासिल की थी।हाल के दिनों में पाकिस्तान में जो हमले हुए हैं वो इसी के इशारे पे हुए हैं। देखने में कितना शरीफ लग रहा है लेकिन है उतना ही बड़ा जालिम। पाकिस्तान ने जो सांप पाले थे हिंदुस्थान को काटने के लिए वो अब उसे ही काट रहे हैं” (English translation: This is Noor Wali Mehsud, head of Tehreek-e-Taliban. This is the only picture that the CIA obtained by giving bribes of crores of dollars. The attacks that have taken place in Pakistan in the recent past have been made at his behest. He looks so decent, but he is equally the big oppressor. The snakes that Pakistan reared to bite India, are now biting them only)

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FACT CHECK

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

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search, we found a tweet on the official Twitter handle of actor Dharmendra carrying the same viral image with a caption: “Friends, I am playing Shaikh Slim Chishti… a sufi saint, in film Taaj. A small but important role… need your good wishes.”

The news of Dharmendra role’s in the web series was also covered by many media reports. 

The trailer of this web series was also uploaded on Zee5’s YouTube channel on February 17. In this, Dharmendra is playing the role of Sheikh Salim Chishti. According to the information, this web series, to be released on March 3, is based on the fight for the throne between the sons of Emperor Akbar in the Mughal period. 

We also found a picture of TTP Chief Noor Wali Mehsud in some media reports. According to the information given in these reports, Mehsud, in one of his video messages recently, talked about implementing the ceasefire with the Pakistan Government. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image has shown actor Dharmendra, NOT the Tahrik-e-Taliban chief. 

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