Hyderabad: An Army officer and two soldiers were killed on 16 July during a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. As the whole country mourns the death of the bravehearts, many videos allegedly showing the standoff between the two countries have gone viral on social media.
India-China border tension: 5 Chinese Soldiers Killed by Indian Troops | Galwan Valley Clash | Ladakh
Viral Dose ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಜೂನ್ 16, 2020
Chinese and Indian soldiers clash on border!
Soldiers from China and India clashed with stones and sticks on the Ladakh Border in the Kashmir region. pic.twitter.com/Q7MyeJPXXo
— Farhang F. Namdar (@FarhangNamdar) May 28, 2020
Another video viral in WhatsApp:
The videos are NOT from the recent standoff between India and China.
NewsMeter extracted keyframes from the video and did a Google reverse image search. We found that the videos have been on the Internet for more than three years.
The first video is from a border scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops at the Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh that took place on 19 August 2017.
We also found other videos with the same visuals claiming to show the Pakistani army after Operation Walidad.
We searched using the keywords ‘Pakistan army wounded Operation Walidad’ and found several results from November 2011. A website, Military.com, had shared the video with a description that read, “Pakistan Army Eid in South Waziristan – Pakistani soldiers recovering after battling the Taliban. They don’t look to be in great shape. Hopefully, the Taliban fighters look worse.”
According to reports published in the Tribune and the Hindustan Times, on 20 June 2011, the Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, and the Pakistan Air Force had launched a joint operation to evict terrorists from their stronghold of Walidad in Mohmand Agency. Three soldiers of the paramilitary Frontier Corps and 25 militants were killed during the operation.
Hence, the claim that viral videos show the recent standoff between China and India is FALSE.