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Fact Check: Old video from US falsely shared as recent from Imran Khan rally in Pakistan

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Videos have gone viral claiming that an Imran Khan rally was attended by scores of people. OneIndia looks to verify the claim.

New Delhi, Nov 29: Former Pakistan prime minister, Imran Khan attended his first rally on November 26 after an assassination bid was made on him earlier this month. The Pindi Salsa in Rawalpindi, Pakistan witnessed Khan's fans screaming in support of him.

Now many have shared a bird's eye view of a crowded road with the claim that this video was from the rally that Khan addressed. EXCLUSIVE - Live scenes in and around Murree Road, Rawalpindi, for the Haqeeqi Azaadi March, one user wrote.

Fact Check: Old video from US falsely shared as recent from Imran Khan rally in Pakistan

The same was shared by former minister for interior of Pakistan, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. He however did not share the video with any context.

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While reversing the keyframes in the clip, OneIndia found that the clip is from Los Angeles and not Pakistan. On November 24 2017, The Indian Express reported that the traffic video had gone viral during the Thanksgiving celebrations held that year.

It was reported that in order to avoid the panic, ABC News tweeted an aerial footage of a traffic jam on the Los Angeles 405 Freeway to show how people could be stuck if they plan to travel by road.

We also found similar reports in The Independent and The Telegraph.

The Telegraph had reported the story with the headline, 'World's worst traffic jam? Cars stuck in Thanksgiving getaway gridlock.

The videos shows the traffic jam on the Los Angeles 405 Freeway. One November 22 ABC News shared the video on its YouTube channel with the description, "Aerial footage shows incredible bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles as Americans travel for Thanksgiving."

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We also came across several reports which spoke about the same incident that took place in Los Angeles in November 2017.

Hence we could conclude that the viral video being shared as the one from an Imran Khan rally in Pakistan is actually from Los Angeles. Moreover it is not a recent one as being claimed, but was shot in 2017.

Fact Check

Claim

Viral video shows huge crowds at Imran Khan’s rally in Pakistan held on November 26

Conclusion

The video is from November 2017 and was shot at a Thanksgiving rally that year in Los Angeles

Rating

False
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