Edited Pic of Youth With ‘We Want Kohli’ Banners Viral as Pak Fans

CLAIM

A picture tweeted by one Ibn Sina has gone viral, in which several youth, with Pakistan flags, can be seen holding a banner that reads: "WE DON'T WANT KASHMIR GIVE US VIRAT KOHLI.”

Screenshot of the viral tweet.

The photo was also retweeted by writer Madhu Kishwar, who said:

The viral photo was also reported on by News18 Kannada and Malayalam website Manorama News, with both portals talking of ‘Kohli's fanbase’ in Pakistan, based on the image.

Screenshot from News18 Kannada

While the Kannada headline translates to “'We don't need Kashmir, we need Virat Kohli'; New movement launched in Pakistan!”, the Malayalam headline reads: “Don’t Want Kashmir, Give Us Virat Kohli, Says Fan base in Pakistan

Screenshot from Manorama News

TRUE OR FALSE?

The picture in question has been photoshopped to include the words "WE DON'T WANT KASHMIR GIVE US VIRAT KOHLI".

This was purportedly done in a bid to claim that the youth in the photo are Pakistani fans, asking for Indian Cricket team's captain Virat Kohli, after the team won its match against Pakistan in the World Cup on 16 June.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

A reverse image search led to an August 2016 India Today article on Kashmiri youth raising pro-Pakistan slogans in the Valley, following Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's death.

The original picture, in fact, shows Kashmiri youth standing with a banner which reads "WE WANT AZAADI".

Screenshot of the photo from India Today

NOT THE FIRST TIME

Incidentally, this banner has been tampered with on multiple occasions before this, to include the names of different tournaments, cricketers and even news channels in the past.

A 2017 report by SMHoaxSlayer mentions that this template was repeatedly edited by the Twitter account @SirJadejaOfc.

Screenshots of various edits of the template.

The Twitter account is now suspended, but the template clearly lives on.

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