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OpIndia and Jagran used a Tiktok star’s photo as daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan

Written by Sahban

Afghanistan has called back its diplomats from Pakistan after Silsila Alikhil, the daughter of Afghan ambassador was kidnapped by unknown assailants and subjected to torture. She was later dropped on a roadside in an unconscious condition. Now, an image supposedly of Afghanistan ambassador’s daughter is going viral on social media.

OpIndia used the same image in their article “Abduction of Afghan ambassador’s daughter in Pakistan: Medical report shows Silsila Alikhil has rope marks on hands and legs, injury on the face “. OpIndia also tweeted the same image with the caption, “At a time when the Taliban has made significant gains in Afghanistan with the help of Pakistan, the daughter of the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan was abducted”.

Archive link to the article can be found here

Source: OpIndia/Screenshot

Jagran used the viral in their article with a title “अफगान राजदूत की बेटी के अपहरण मामले में टैक्सी ड्राइवरों से पूछताछ, गृह मंत्री ने कहा- जल्द होंगे अपहरणकर्ता गिरफ्तार

Archive link to the article can be found here

Source: Jagaran/Screenshot

A Twitter account @GeopoliticalUpdates tweeted the image with a caption that reads: “Daughter of #Afghan ambassador who was kidnapped from Jinnah Super, #Islamabad & thrown away after 6 hours of torture near Tehzeeb Bakery, Blue Area, Islamabad, badly tortured.#BREAKING

Serial fake news peddler, Tarek Fatah has retweeted this. Archive to this tweet can be found here

Source: Twitter/Screenshot

Another Twitter user Rakesh Thiyyan tweeted the image with a caption that reads “Daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan who was kidnapped from a supermarket in Islamabad and tortured by the ISI for 6 hours. If they touch any Indian diplomat or their family, India must immediately strike hard at GHQ in Rawalpindi.”

Archive to this tweet can be found here

Source: Twitter/Screenshot

For more claims click here, here, here, here, here.

FactO Check:

We did a reverse image search of the image and the results directed us to a video from an  YouTube channel “Gull Chahat Official” with a title “Gul Chahat Queen Of Kpk Bandi Zulam Arrest Shoaib | Gull Chahat bandi Tashadud” dated to 16 Jul 2021.

Gul Chahat is a Pakistani TikTok star. We cannot independently verify Gul Chahat’s claims in the video. We also found similar images on her Facebook page.

 

Source: Facebook/Screenshot

In response to the viral claims, Najibullah Alikhil, Ambassador of Afghanistan in Pakistan, tweeted a picture of his daughter with a caption that translates to:

I was forced to post a picture of my daughter’s series Ali Khel here, because someone else’s picture was posted incorrectly on social media, even though I don’t know her at all. Thank you” Archive to this tweet can be found here

Saleem Safi, Anchor/Analyst at Geo News, tweeted the viral picture with a caption in Urdu which translates to:

“The image circulating on social media is being falsely claimed that she is the daughter of the tortured Afghan ambassador in Islamabad. I have spoken to the ambassador myself and confirmed in every way that this picture is not of his daughter”. Archive to this tweet can be found here.

Source: Twitter/Screenshot

Conclusion: The image is not of Daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan who was kidnapped from a supermarket in Islamabad.

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Sahban

Specialized in media monitoring, analysis, and research associate at FactO. Email: sahbanzar@factonews.co

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