AFP Fact Check: This photo of JUI-F chief has been doctored to include a bottle of whisky

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A photo of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows him on board a plane with a bottle of whisky on his table. The claim is false as the photo has been digitally manipulated to include the whisky bottle.

The photo was published in this Facebook post on September 25, 2020.

It has been shared more than 540 times. The photo, however, has been flagged by Facebook as ‘False Information’.

It purports to show Rehman sitting on board a plane with a bottle of whisky on the table next to him.

A screenshot taken on October 6, 2020 of the misleading Facebook post. — AFP
A screenshot taken on October 6, 2020 of the misleading Facebook post. — AFP

The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “The fans of diesel … who consider him an Islamic scholar…… I think it is Rooh Afza … what does it look like to you?”

Diesel is a reference to Rehman for his alleged participation in graft involving fuel licenses.

The post appears to make a tongue-in-cheek reference to the famous herbal drink Rooh Afza.

Many Facebook users commented on the post to claim the photo was “fake”, but some Facebook users criticised Rehman for purportedly sitting next to a bottle of whisky.

Below are screenshots of comments in Urdu which translates as: “Curse (on him)” and “Maulana is drinking petrol”.

Screenshots of comments in Urdu which translates as: “Curse (on him)” and “Maulana is drinking petrol.” — AFP
Screenshots of comments in Urdu which translates as: “Curse (on him)” and “Maulana is drinking petrol.” — AFP
Screenshots of comments in Urdu which translates as: “Curse (on him)” and “Maulana is drinking petrol.” — AFP
Screenshots of comments in Urdu which translates as: “Curse (on him)” and “Maulana is drinking petrol.” — AFP

The same photo was shared here, here and here on Facebook as well as on Twitter alongside a similar claim.

The claim is false: the photo has been edited to include the whisky bottle and glass.

The original image was shared on Facebook in August 2019 here.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and the original photo (R ) with annotations added by AFP:

A screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and original photo (R) with annotations added by *AFP*. — AFP
A screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading Facebook post (L) and original photo (R) with annotations added by AFP. — AFP

The cabin layout, seats and colour scheme of the plane correspond with the interior of an aircraft belonging to Saudi Arabian airline Saudia.

A screenshot of plane's interior published by Germany’s frequent flyer and travel website frankfurtflyer.de. — AFP
A screenshot of plane’s interior published by Germany’s frequent flyer and travel website frankfurtflyer.de. — AFP

Interior photos of a Saudia Boeing 777 published by Germany’s frequent flyer and travel website frankfurtflyer.de here show that the plane’s side tables have a cream-coloured frame and a brown tabletop.

The airline does not serve alcoholic drinks on board, according to this notice posted on its website.

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