FACT CHECK: Did Nawa-e-Waqt really publish in 1996 that Israel would launch Imran Khan?

While addressing a charged crowd on night of Novermber 3 at Islamabad, the president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Fazal-ur-Rehman made a hilarious and questionable claim.

If you read the Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper of 1996, it had a prominent headline that by 2020, Israel’s influence in this region will be increased and hence leading to completion of Israel’s network. For this purpose, a cricketer Imran Khan has been selected and a duty has been assigned to him to execute this plan.

Fazal-ur-Rehman (3rd November 2019)

This claim is False.

Background of this claim

Nawa-i-Waqt didn’t publish any such article what Fazal-ur-Rehman claimed. However, the newspaper published an article that predicted something positive about Imran Khan. That article was published on May 2, 1996. Imran Khan had just started his political career less than a month back. The actual picture of the article is following:

This article quoted a spiritual leader Pir Punjal. Some of the predictions made in this article included rising of Imran Khan as an influential leader heading a consortium of various countries. Under leadership of Imran Khan, Pakistan will become a superpower and Kashmir issue will be resolved.

When those predictions were printed, they seemed impossible and funny. No one could have imagined that Imran Khan can win any elections and lead the country. However, 22 years later when Imran Khan was voted as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, this Nawa-i-Waqt article was shared numerous times on social media because a major part of this prediction had already come true.

The Nation, sister publication of Nawa-i-Waqt, published an article on their website quoting those 22 years old predictions. The article was published on August 9, 2019 and it can be read online here.

When this article was shared on social media in 2018, an Imran Khan opponent created a fake image of this article. That fake image is reproduced below:

It is clearly a fake image. Fazal-ur-Rehman was referring to this fake image when he made his claims. Being an Islamic scholar who wants to enforce Shariah and claims that he is better Muslim than others, he should at least follow what Allah has commanded in the Quran.

O’ you who have true faith! If one who publicly and openly commits sins brings you any news (concerning another person) then ascertain its truthfulness carefully (before you spread it) lest you harm people through (your own) ignorance(through accepting and following false reports) and then regret what you have done.

Chapter 49 (Surah-e-Hujraat), verse 6

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