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Video claiming over 200 killed militants in Balakot, How Indian Media reported

Viral Claim: A video Viral on social media, where a Pakistani Military admits to the killing of over 200 militants during the Indian strike on Balakot is not true.

Facts Check: False.

Viral News in Social Media Twitter / Facebook / WhatsApp / Others Examples:

#Pakistan military officer admits to "martyrdom" of more than 200 militants during Indian strike on #Balakot. Calls the terrorists Mujahid who receive special favors/ sustenance from Allah as they fight to support PAK government [against enemies]. Vows to support families

Ok, thread time: A lot of people have sent me this video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zlnZBTHNN8 … ) which was uploaded to YouTube by @Defence_360 with the claim that this video is related to Balakot incident. Initially, the video looks doctored. Audio isn't in sync with video.

Facts Check Analysis:  Aninews reported, Bodies shifted from Balakot to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after IAF strike: US-based activist from Gilgit.

However ANI referred the same video as a source of Confirmation, however, it was not sure of the authentication for video.  

news18 reported the same news in Hindi, it reported that the video shared were indeed fake. पाकिस्तान पर एयर स्ट्राइक को लेकर शेयर गिलगित वीडियो निकला फर्जी.

News18 reported the syncing of the audio do not match with the person’s in the video.

India today, reported for the same It said “Pakistan military officer admits to 'martyrdom' of more than 200 militants during Indian strike on Balakot. Calls the terrorists Mujahid, who receive special favors/sustenance from Allah as they fight to support Pak government [against enemies”.

Indiatoday also gave the same video as a source of reference.

 

Timesnownews said “वाशिंगटन : पुलवामा हमले के बाद पाकिस्‍तान के बालाकोट में भारतीय वायुसेना की एयर स्‍ट्राइक के बाद अपुष्‍ट सूत्रों के हवाले से यह दावा किया जा रहा है कि भारत की इस कार्रवाई में 200 से अधिक आतंकी मारे गए। हालांकि इस बारे में अब तक कोई आधिकारिक आंकड़ा सामने नहीं आया है। अब अमेरिका में रह रहे गिलगित के एक कार्यकर्ता ने दावा किया है कि भारतीय वायुसेना की एयर स्‍ट्राइक के बाद 200 से अधिक आतंकियों के शव बालाकोट से खैबर पख्‍तूनख्‍वा में किसी अन्‍य स्‍थान पर ले जाए गए। उन्‍होंने यह दावा उर्दू अखबारों की रिपोर्ट के आधार पर किया है।”

This also gave the same video as a reference for verification.

bhaskar, reported the same “नेशनल डेस्क, बालाकोट। गिलगित में रहकर काम कर रहे एक अमेरिकी कार्यकर्ता सेंगे हसनैन सेरिंग ने दावा किया है कि बालाकोट में भारतीय वायुसेना की स्ट्राइक में 200 से ज्यादा आतंकी मारे गए थे। उन्होंने अपने ट्वीट के साथ एक वीडियो भी पोस्ट किया है। जिसमें पाक अफसर गांव के लोगों को दिलासा दे रहे हैं। सेरिंग का कहना है कि एयर स्ट्राइक में मारे गए कुछ लोगों के शव बालाकोट से खैबर पख्तूनख्वा भेजे गए थे। 26 फरवरी को वायुसेना के मिराज-2000 विमानों ने पाक सीमा में घुसकर मुजफ्फराबाद, चकोटी और बालाकोट में हमला किया था। मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स में इसमें 300 से ज्यादा आतंकियों के मारे जाने का दावा किया गया था।”.  

India TV, the video is available on the youtube titled “Pakistan military officer admits to the killing of more than 200 militants during Balakot Airstrike”

Zeenews gave the correct verification, stating “Breaking News: Gilgit activist shares the 6-year-old video as proof of Balakot strike”

The video has also been carefully cropped in a way that it doesn't show up on most OSINT video/image search tools. Here's the deal: The video appears to be from the funeral of a Pak soldier named Havaldar Abdul Rab from DG Khan.

Havaldar Abdul Rab was apparently killed in Indian shelling along LoC at Nakyal sector along with another Pak soldier named Naik Khurram in the first week of March 2019.

News published in radio.gov.pk stated that “Funeral prayer of Havildar Abdur Rab Shaheed and Naik Khurram Shaheed was offered at their native town in Dera Ghazi Khan on Sunday. According to ISPR, the shaheed were burried with full military honour for their supreme sacrifice for defending the motherland at Nakiyal Sector.