- Web Desk
- Nov 18, 2023
FACT CHECK: The man being beaten in the video is not an Afghan refugee
- Web Desk
- Sep 25, 2023
Trigger warning: The video contains visuals that may be disturbing to some users
Pakistani security officials are beating up an Afghan refugee in a viral video.
The individual in the video is a Pakistani citizen and is not an Afghan refugee.
An ‘X’ account named HADIA News recently shared a video of a man being touted by police claiming that the man is of Afghan origin.
“Pakistan commits crimes against Afghan refugees. Afghan refugees have also been tortured by Pakistan’s army & police. They even torture & imprison Afghan kids. This all happens under the watch of human rights international organisations. They decided to turn a blind eye to this inhuman situation,” the caption of the video read.
Pakistan commits crimes against Afghan refugees :
Afghan refugees have also been tortured by Pakistan's army & police. They even torture & imprison Afghan kids. This all happens under the watch of human rights international organisations. They decided to turn a blind eye to this… pic.twitter.com/gWvPKKKWMp
— HADIA News (@HADIANews) September 24, 2023
Quetta Division Commissioner Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat shared a separate video of the incident, clearly indicating that the individual involved is a resident of Quetta. Shafqaat retweeted the video, condemning the violence, and highlighting that it is a case of electricity theft.
ASI and constable suspended and shifted to quarter guard . SP Saddar Mr Asif is doing inquiry . Disciplinary action also being taken. This was a case of electricity theft and action was being taken on request of QESCO. This should not have happened and will ensure it never… https://t.co/KwLkED9uCN
— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) September 24, 2023
The tweet was re-shared by various Twitter users who highlighted a narrative suggesting that Pakistani security officials are involved in committing offences against Afghan refugees. The examples of the spread on ‘X’ can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
With all the evidence pointing to the contrary, it can be safely said that the caption of the video, claiming the police personnel is beating an Afghan refugee, is false.