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Was a Pakistan flag hoisted in a house in Bihar? Many media outlets claim so.

Many media outlets misreport that a Pakistan flag was hoisted on a house in Bihar and did not retract the old news.



#RepublicDay2023: Pakistani flag found hoisted in #Bihar’s Purnea, probe underway

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Many news outlets reported that a Pakistan flag was hoisted in a house in Purnea, a city in Bihar. It has been reported that the Police had reached the spot after receiving the information and the flag was removed by the Police and had started the investigation.

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Apart from Zee News English and ANI, this was reported by many news outlets such as Times of India, Tmes Now Navbharat, News 18 Bihar, The News Indian etc. Apart from news outlets, the RSS-mouthpiece Organiser Weekly, right-wing website Opindia, and many other BJP leaders such as Andhra BJP General Secretary Vishnu Vardhan Reddy & Andhra Pradesh State Secretary Ramesh Naidu Nagothu, Gujarat State Media Co-Head Zubin Ashara among others have made the same claim.

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What’s the truth?

In the video posted by The New Indian, a police officer can be seen taking down the flag from the house.

From the News 18 Bihar video and video from other news outlets, the flag can be seen to have stripes and a blue marking along with a star and a crescent moon in green background.

This is is stark contrast to a Pakistan flag as there are no stripes or prints in the Pakistan flag.

The Purnea Police had also tweeted that it was only a religious flag and not the flag of ‘another country’.

Some news outlets such as the Times of India had then reported that the Pakistan flag was not hoisted in Purnia by quoting the local area SP Aamir Jawaid.


A religious flag that is significant in Islam is misattributed to be of a Pakistan flag and many news outlets reported that a Pakistan flag was raised in Purnia, Bihar and the right-wing ecosystem had amplified it.

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