Fact check: PM Imran didn't receive Zakat during Saudi Arabia visit

False claim is based on a viral picture of minister Murad Saeed attending ceremony held at Saudi Embassy in Islamabad

Our Correspondent May 11, 2021
Federal Minister Murad Saeed attending ceremony at Saudi embassy in Islamabad. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent three-day visit to Saudi Arabia had received Zakat aid from the kingdom – a false claim debunked by The Express Tribune.

The misleading information is based on a picture of Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed wherein he can be seen attending a launching ceremony of ‘Zakat Al-Fitr Project in Pakistan’ sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

As soon as the picture went viral on social media, netizens started lashing out at Premier Imran for “receiving Zakat aid from the kingdom”.

However, The Express Tribune found the claim untrue as the ruling party's minister was not in Saudi Arabia rather he was attending the ceremony organised by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) at the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad to distribute ration bags among deserving families last week.

KSrelief also launched a food bags project worth $1 million to be distributed among the people in 10 districts of Balochsitan during the holy month of Ramazan.

According to an official press release, the project is being executed in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and local government of Balochistan will benefit about 124,200 people in 10 districts of Balochistan in Ramzan.


Azam Khan | 2 years ago | Reply

What is wrong with the people Even if it was zakat there is nothing wrong with that if it is going to be spent on the poor. People seems to have problem with every solution

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