Does this photo show the aftermath of the shooting of Imran Khan in November 2022?

By November 9, 2022 Society

We came across this tweet shared by British broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan:

The image of the former Pakistan prime minister shows him in dark clothing laying down on white sheets with his hands raised in the air, having amassed thousands of likes and shares. Similar posts can be seen on Facebook as well.

Khan was shot in the shin on Thursday when his anti-government protest convoy came under attack in the east of the country in what his aides described as “a clear assassination attempt”.

Several in his convoy were wounded in the attack in Wazirabad, nearly 200 km (120 miles) from the capital. Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said a suspect had been arrested.

However, the picture being shared on social media was posted in 2014 and is not from the 2022 shooting.

It was posted on the former prime minister’s verified Twitter account in 2014 and captioned: “Night at the dharna.” For context, dharna is a hindi word that roughly translates to persistence. It refers to a method of seeking justice by sitting at the door of one’s debtor or wrongdoer and fasting until justice is obtained. The dharna in 2014 was a protest march in Pakistan from 14 August to 17 December 2014. The march was organised by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, led by Khan, opposing then Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif over claims of systematic election-rigging by the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) in the 2013 general election.

While the image is real and not doctored in any way then, it was miscaptioned and the claim that the image shows the aftermath of an assassination attempt on Imran Khan is false. The image was originally posted on his official Twitter account in August 2014 and has since been misused by users of social media.

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