(VIDEO): Is this the video of the Indian Army firing greeting shots at Pakistani border ahead of Dewali?

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(VIDEO): Is this the video of the Indian Army firing greeting shots at Pakistani border ahead of Dewali?

ISLAMABAD - A video of artillery fire next to a mountainous region has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim it shows the Indian army sending “greetings to Pakistan” ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali. The claim is false; the video shows an Indian army drill at a firing range near western Indian city of Nashik in Maharashtra state.

The 35-second video was published here link on Facebook on October 22, 2019. It has been viewed more than 1,500 times.

The post’s Hindi-language caption translates to English as: “Advance Diwali greetings to Pakistan.”

Diwali link refers to a Hindu festival.

Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post: Screenshot of misleading Facebook post

The same video was also shared here link, here link, here link and here link on Facebook alongside a similar claim, and has been viewed more than 1,400 times.

The claim is false; the video shows an Indian army drill at a firing range in India’s western state of Maharashtra.

A reverse image search on Google using keyframes extracted using video verification tool InVID found the same video was published in this link report by Indian news channel Republic TV on June 28, 2019.

“Showcasing the country’s military prowess, video footage of the Indian Army firing the BM-21 Grad link battery in Nasik’s Deolali has been accessed,” says the video caption.

Below is a screenshot of the report: (Screenshot of media report)

Deolali link is a small hill station in Maharashtra state in western India. It does not neighbour Pakistan.

According to Google Maps, Deolali is more than 660 kilometres (411 miles) away from the nearest land India-Pakistan land border at Kuwala link.

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