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Fact Check: Old Video From Pakistan Falsely Shared As Taliban’s Brutality On Afghan Returnees


The deadline for individuals residing unlawfully in Pakistan to depart has expired. Reportedly, the Pakistani government has requested approximately two million Afghan refugees to vacate the country, leading to the sight of numerous people crossing the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in trucks laden with goods.

In the midst of this, a video depicting a man striking women dressed in burqas with sticks is widely shared on social media. The video shows a huge crowd gathered in a confined space. According to certain social media accounts, these individuals are Afghan returnees from Pakistan, subjected to brutal treatment by the Taliban.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “पाकिस्तान से भगाए गए अफगान नागरिकों के साथ तालिबान ऐसा बर्बर व्यवहार कर रहा है।” (English translation: The Taliban is treating the Afghan citizens who fled Pakistan.)

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

Through a Reverse Image Search of the keyframes, we located the viral video in a tweet by a Pakistani journalist, dated June 20, 2023. The tweet states that this incident occurred in the Charsadda district of Pakistan, where the police subjected beneficiaries of the ‘Benazir Income Support Programme’ to this treatment. Many individuals, including Pakistani journalists, had shared this video.

Many news reports had covered this incident. As per the reports, individuals who were beneficiaries of the ‘Benazir Income Support Programme’ had assembled at Babra High School in Charsadda to collect their instalments. When a large gathering of women was amassed at the centre, the police resorted to assaulting and beating them with sticks. After the video went viral, the district police officer of Charsadda took action against the officers implicated in this incident.

The reports explain that the beneficiaries encountered significant difficulties attributed to inadequate Internet connectivity and a shortage of staff. They had to endure hours of standing in the sweltering heat at the centre, where even basic amenities like drinking water were not provided. Additionally, all the fingerprint devices at the centre were not functioning properly.

Thus, it is evident that an old video from Pakistan is falsely shared as Taliban’s brutality on returned Afghans. 

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