Fact Check: Did Pakistanis detonate bombs to celebrate victory against India in T20 world cup?

Social media users are claiming that many people were killed when Pakistanis detonated bombs instead of crackers to celebrate victory against India in T20 world cup.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  30 Oct 2021 10:00 AM GMT
Fact Check: Did Pakistanis detonate bombs to celebrate victory against India in T20 world cup?

Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that many people were killed when Pakistanis detonated bombs instead of crackers to celebrate victory against India in T20 world cup.

"भारत को 10 विकेट से हराने कि खुशी में पटाखा कि जगह बम फोड़ने से पाकिस्तान में कई मरे और कई घायल," reads the post

"Many people were killed when Pakistanis detonated bombs instead of firecrackers after beating India by 10 wickets in the T20 world cup," reads the English translation of the message.


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Fact check:

The claim is misleading.

NewsMeter performed a reverse search and found that the same picture was carried by multiple media organizations after a bomb blast in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, in 2013.

Reuters report said the incident took place at Quetta's popular Bacha Khan Chowk market. The bomb was planted close to a parked Frontier Corps vehicle and it killed at least 12 people including a soldier and a child. Over 60 people were injured.

The report said that the United Baloch Army, a banned militant group fighting for separation of Balochistan, had claimed responsibility for the blast. The image was clicked by Quetta-based photographer Naseer Ahmed for Reuters.

https://www.dawn.com/news/777830/at-least-93-lives-lost-in-quetta-explosions

An `IBTimes' video can be seen below.


Indian media houses had also carried the viral image in 2013.

https://www.livemint.com/Multimedia/bGXXMPijjZ5mSm25TAJEHI/Tragic-bombings-in-Pakistan-kill-115-people-6.html

Hence, it is evident that the viral image is from the 2013 bomb blast in Pakistan. It is not connected to celebrations after Pakistan's win against India.

Claim Review:Pakistan celebrated its win against India in T20 World Cup by exploding bombs instead of firecrackers.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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