Hyderabad: A few news organisations, on 20 November, falsely reported that the Indian Army carried out 'pinpoint strikes' to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Amidst this, a video, reportedly an "exclusive footage" of the attack, has gone viral on social media.
A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, "Big Breaking News :- One more #AirStrike by @IAF_MCC in the Pok, Many #terrorists and their training camps demolished by #indianairforce Many terrorists also killed in this air strike (sic)."
The claim that the video is an "exclusive footage" of the attack is FALSE.
The word "Xrecoder" can be seen on the bottom right corner of the viral video. This proves that a screen recording application was used to record the visuals which means it is not footage of the PoK attack.
Next, NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a video on YouTube that was uploaded in 2015. The video contains visuals from a video game called Arma 2 which matches the viral video. We compared the visuals of the YouTube video with Arma 2 and found that they were the same.
Further, according to several reports such as Economic Times and The Daily Guardian, the Indian Army has denied reports of 'pinpoint strike' on suspected terror launchpads inside PoK. The Army's director-general of military operations, Lt. Gen. Paramjit Singh, also denied the reports.
Evidently, the claim is FALSE.