Disinformation

Zaid Hamid has amplified the COVID-19 vaccine disinformation campaign

By Areeba Fatima | 15th June 2021 | 3:41 PM Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid, far-right writer and activist has regularly been posting tweets on his…

Disinformation

Defence Budget Swells by 24.5% in PTI government

Mr. Iqbal’s claim about PTI of keeping defence budget stagnant in last three years, is false unless someone comes up with a mathematical rule which approximates 24.5% increase to 0%. Second claim of Former Minister about India’s surge in defence budget by 62% during the same period is proven to be false. However, the third claim about PMLN’s increase in defence budget by 40% during 1st three years of its last tenure, turn out to be true (almost/approximately true, though).

False

Viral video of General Rani singing is taken out of context

By Areeba Fatima | 2nd June 2021 | 8:59 AM A tweet posted on 29 May 2021 claims to be showing a video of a…

False

Former DG FIA Bashir Memon never took back his statement

Former DG FIA Bashir Memon did not take his statement back. In fact it has been consistently the same and he never claimed that PM Imran Khan took Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s name directly with regards to preparing a case against the Justice. Basic Fact Check found Arsalan Khalid’s tweet about Bashir Memon taking back his statement.

Out of Context

PM Khan did not threaten to dissolve the assemblies

An excerpt of the statement made by Asad Umar has been taken out of context to imply the presence of an imminent threat that Prime Minister Imran Khan may dissolve the assemblies. However, Asad Umar said this in the context of when and if Opposition blackmails Khan into straying from his goal to bring change to Pakistan.

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Russian Scientist did not doubt Covid-19’s existence as claimed by Pakistani TV Anchor

The Russian Health Ministry has clearly stated on their website that the coronavirus or COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the “SARS-CoV-2” virus. Moreover, the World Health Organization has clarified on their website that it is a myth that COVID-19 is caused by a bacteria and it is actually a virus. Some of the Facebook posts with different variations of these claims included that antibiotics could be used for treatment. However, the WHO website clarifies that antibiotics will not work against the disease, as a treatment. This also makes it clear that it is not a radioactive particle and does not have any traits matching the same.

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Tableeghi Jamaat was not attacked in Winder, Balochistan.

We established correspondence with the DPO Chief’s office of district Las Bela, under which the area of Winder falls. Officer Abdul Rasheed reported that no attack on the tablighi jamaat was brought to their notice on 15 March 2021.

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Meesha Shafi was not sentenced to three years in prison.

It is clear from the court order issued one day before that the legal proceedings have not progressed to the point where a verdict would be declared.