Fact Check: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is not dead, viral claim is hoax

A hashtag, #RIPImrankhan, was trending on Twitter on 19 August along with photos of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  20 Aug 2021 1:00 PM GMT
Fact Check: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is not dead, viral claim is hoax

Hyderabad: A hashtag, #RIPImrankhan, was trending on Twitter on 19 August along with photos of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. They claimed that he was killed in a bomb explosion in Islamabad.

Netizens shared screenshots of various news reports.


Archive link:

https://perma.cc/W44Q-HZGX

Fact Check:

The claim that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan died in an explosion is FALSE. NewsMeter found that it is a hoax and the fake claim has been doing the rounds since 17 August 2021.

The images shared in the viral post are from 2013 when Mr. khan was injured after falling from an elevated platform at an election rally in Lahore.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-22441510

We can see the visuals that were used in the viral post in the video shared by Euronews in May 2013.


According to a Hindustan Times report, TV footage showed Mr. Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party (PTI), bleeding from the head as he was carried by aides through the crowd at an event in Pakistan's second-largest city Lahore.

Witness Raza Zaidi told AFP that Mr. Khan was being lifted on a crane with five people but lost his balance and fell when a sixth one tried to climb up. Mr. Khan hit the lifter before falling on the ground, the report added.

This hoax has been debunked by Latestly, too.

The claim that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is dead is FALSE.

Claim Review:Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is dead
Claimed By:Twitter Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Twitter
Claim Fact Check:False
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