Fact check: Imran Khan’s 2019 viral gaffe photo repurposed as former Pakistani PM challenging Benjamin Netanyahu

Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have taken to social media to highlight the leader’s achievements after his ousting. Amidst this, a photo made the rounds where Khan was seen seated even as everyone in the room stood up to supposedly greet the Israeli prime minister.

the photo was widely shared on social media, with many saying Khan’s decision not to stand up to greet his Israeli counterpart was proof of his fearlessness.

Similar complaints are archived here and here.

The India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found this claim misleading. This photo was taken in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, in 2019, during an event at which the Israeli Prime Minister was not present.

AFWA probe

A reverse search of the image revealed that it was taken on June 13, 2019, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

At the time, this photo and the video from which it was taken went viral because Khan again allegedly broke diplomatic protocol by sitting down while everyone stood to greet the head of state entering the room.

As seen in the video shared by Khan’s official party Twitter account, PTI, the ex-prime minister walked in, went straight to his seat and sat down as other leaders stood up. the arrival of each of the Heads of State. Khan stood up briefly to acknowledge her presence when her name was announced and sat down again, even as others continued to stand.

We then checked to see if the Israeli Prime Minister was present when this photo was taken. Israel is not part of the eight-member SCO which includes India, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

Israel is also not one of the four observer states of the SCO (the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Republic of Belarus, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mongolia), nor of its six dialogue partners (the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Republic of Turkey and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka).

Our research also led us to a 2019 Agence France-Presse fact check that debunked a similar claim. The report contained an official press release from the SCO which listed the delegates present. This helped us conclude that then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not in Bishkek for the event.

Therefore, we conclude that the claims of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan defying his Israeli counterpart by sitting down while everyone stood up to greet him in this photo were patently false.

Fact check: Imran Khan's 2019 viral gaffe photo repurposed as former Pakistani PM challenging Benjamin Netanyahu

ClaimFormer Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to stand and greet his Israeli counterpart at an event, as other world leaders have done.ConclusionThis photo is from 2019, when Imran Khan was in Kyrgyzstan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. Khan broke diplomatic protocol by sitting even as other heads of state rose. The Israeli Prime Minister did not attend the event.

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