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Old video of a Pakistani citizen threatening an electricity officer in Karachi shared as that from India

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A video is being shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of an Indian Muslim citizen openly admitting his act of electricity theft and threatening to kill an officer if power is disconnected to his house. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Video of an Indian Muslim citizen openly threatening to kill an officer while admitting the act of electricity theft.

Fact: The video shared in the post shows a Pakistani citizen threatening an electricity officer while confessing to stealing electricity. This incident took place in Karachi, in July 2020. The video shared in the post is old and from Pakistan. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of the screenshots of the video, a video with similar visuals was found in a tweet made by ‘Siasat.pk’ news channel on 28 July 2020. ‘Siasat.pk’ reported it as the visuals of a man boldly confessing to stealing electricity and openly threatening an officer in Karachi.

When we searched for further sources, we found the same video published on the ‘ARY News’ official Facebook page. ‘ARY News’ confirmed it as the video from Karachi and mentioned the accused as Shahri Ataur Rehman. According to the news report, officials from K-Electric Limited, a Pakistan-based power utility company, caught Ataur Rehman red-handed while stealing electricity using a Kunda. Admitting the act of electricity theft, Ataur Rehman had reportedly threatened to kill an officer if he disconnects power to his house.

The K-Electric Limited tweeted the same video on 27 July 2020. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the video shared in the post shows an old incident that took place in Pakistan, not India.

To sum it up, an old video of a Pakistani citizen threatening an electricity officer in Karachi is shared as an incident from India.

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