Claim:

Pro Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) users claimed that the jailed former Prime Minister and PTI founder Imran Khan was tortured attributing the claim with a prominent journalist Moeed Pirzada.

Virality

The claim gained traction on social media, particularly on X (formerly Twitter), the claim was shared here, here, here, here, here and here accumulating more than 300K views. On Facebook, the claim was shared here, here, here and here

Fact Check

To verify the claim’s accuracy, an extensive fact-checking procedure was undertaken. We checked official X handle of journalist Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) and found that he has refuted such claims attributing them as Non Sense.

Intent

The claim appears to have been shared to incite violence among supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan by spreading speculations of torture and potential harm to him. The claim was widely spread by  X handles with huge following i.e Kashif Abbasi Fans impersonating prominent journalist Kashif Abbasi also having blue verified tick with 72.6K Followers. 

Rating

False

Conclusion

Our investigation confirmed that the claim alleging torture of Imran Khan and attributing it to journalist Moeed Pirzada is false. Pirzada himself has refuted such claims. Additionally, the involvement of fake X handles impersonating journalists suggests a coordinated effort to spread misinformation and incite violence.