Viral picture of tricolor torching is from Pakistan, not India

A picture of people burning an Indian national flag is going viral on social media. Users claim Muslims are burning the Indian flag in India.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  16 Jun 2022 11:00 AM GMT
Viral picture of tricolor torching is from Pakistan, not India

HYDERABAD: A picture of people burning an Indian national flag is going viral on social media. Users claim Muslims are burning the Indian flag in India.

This post is being shared against the backdrop of protests over the remarks made by former Bharatiya Janata Party members Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal against Prophet Muhammad.

The caption shared with the picture reads, "Peaceful Muslims burning Our Tiranga (National Flag) today in India."

Hashtags such as "#HindusUnderAttackInIndia", "#NupurSharmaControversy", "#IsupportNupurSharma", and "#HindusUnderAttack #Hindu" are also shared along with the picture.


FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found several news reports that carried the same image linked to the comments made by Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal against Prophet Muhammad. However, the picture is not from India.

According to ABC News, On June 9, thousands of Islamists rallied in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, and urged Muslim countries to cut diplomatic ties with New Delhi over the derogatory remarks derogatory made to the Prophet. Sirajul Haq, the leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, denounced India at the rally and asked Islamic countries to boycott Indian products and recall their envoys.

News reports by The Independent and Associated Press also state that supporters of the religious group burnt a representation of the Indian flag during the rally as a protest against the derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

https://apnews.com/article/politics-new-delhi-india-pakistan-narendra-modi-a81c00817a178d3ecab29a59c23d5edc

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-india-islamists-muhammad-new-delhi-b2097671.html


The incident took place in Pakistan and not India. Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Indian Muslims burning the Indian flag
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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