The viral video showing a kid tied in iron chains is a Muslim and not a Hindu!

The young boy was kidnapped by the dacoits of Pakistan and not the army.

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Visual warning! child torture! This is an eye-opener for those in India who are thinking of voting INDI alliance Look how the Pakistani army is torturing Baloch Hindu kids by tying them to iron chains and hanging them in the sun while the children cry in pain The C0N gress and Muslim league are one and same, this will be the future of Hindus in India if INDI alliance comes to power

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The spread 26-second video shows a little child being hanged while bound to iron chains and wailing in agony for assistance. The video cuts off there while he is still crying nonstop.

This post is shared with a claim stating, “This is an eye opener for those in India who are thinking on voting INDI alliance. Look how the Pakistani army is torturing Baloch Hindu kids by tying them to iron chains and hanging them in the sun while the child cries in pain. The C0N gress and Muslim league are the same, this will be the future of Hindus in India if the INDI alliance comes to power.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

We began our investigation by searching Google for pertinent keywords and the most popular keyframes. This brought us to a tweet that journalist Naimat Khan, who is stationed in Karachi, tweeted on May 9th, along with a screen grab of the viral video.

The post is captioned “This is a screenshot from a heart-wrenching video showing a child named Ayaz Pathan, who is seen hanging with chains around his neck. The child is in the captivity of Katcha dacoits, who have, for decades, evaded decisive action from the Sindh Government, its, and the paramilitary Rangers.”

Also, he went on to add on May 10 with another tweet saying, “A statement released by the Larkana police and shared by the spokesperson of the Sindh police in official WhatsApp group has confirmed the identity of the kidnapped child as Ayaz Khan, the son of Noorullah Pathan. According to the statement, the child was abducted from Kandkot, Kashmore, on April 14, 2024, by dacoits who demanded ransom. Nasir Aftab, the DIGP of Larkana, swiftly intervened upon learning of the abduction, informing the statement, adding Aftab directed SSP Kashmore to take immediate action for the child’s recovery. Their actions have intensified notably, especially since they began posting videos of their victims on social media platforms. These videos frequently portray victims enduring harsh treatment, including beatings and chaining.

While we intensified our search we found an article by the News intervention.com dated May 10 carrying the screenshot of the viral video. As per the report, Ayaz Pathan, a little boy, is the most recent victim of vicious dacoits in Sindh, Pakistan. Ayaz is shown in the video wearing a rope around his neck, a terrifying representation of the terror that has befallen him.

All of the aforementioned details make it clear that Ayaz Khan, the boy who was abducted and tortured, is a Muslim, not a Hindu, as the widely circulated rumor indicates.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating, that the Pakistani army tortured Baloch Hindu kids by tying them to iron chains is false and misleading. In reality, the child being tortured is Muslim, kidnapped by Pakistan dacoits, and not by the army.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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