By Naveed Murtaza
An image has been shared multiple times in posts on Facebook alongside a claim it shows Rahul Gandhi, leader of the main Indian opposition Congress party, dining with Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The claim is false; the photo of Khan has been doctored to make it appear as though Gandhi is sitting beside him.
The doctored image was shared in this Facebook post on May 2, 2019.
It shows India’s Rahul Gandhi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Hindi language caption translates to English as: “Who is this eating chicken biryani beside Miya Imran? Now the people will judge. This is Pappu’s condition.”
Below is a screenshot of the doctored image:
The part of the image showing Rahul Gandhi has been digitally manipulated. AFP has circled where someone else’s hand appears next to Gandhi’s
A reverse image search on Google found the image was doctored from this photo, which was posted on Twitter on July 5, 2015. The photo shows Khan dining with his then-wife Reham Khan. Below is a screenshot of that photo.
Similarly, a news search results for strings, ‘Rahul Gandhi visits Pakistan’, ‘Rahul Gandhi + Imran Khan’, and ‘Rahul Gandhi meets Imran Khan’ did not return any relevant links, which is highly unlikely because such a high-level meeting would have been widely reported in the media, both in India and in Pakistan.
However, what was interesting was that the same image of Imran had earlier been photoshopped to show Modi wearing a skull cap and dining with the Pakistani prime minister.
This post is no longer available but a cached version could still be pulled up on google
مودی کا جو یار ہے غدار ہے غدار ہے. pic.twitter.com/nfC1XxBZu9
— Aurang Zeb Awan (@AurangZ05891637) April 18, 2019
The photo of Modi in the misleading posts was doctored from this photo published by The Indian Express newspaper on 13 November, 2013.
Below is a screenshot of the image: