(VIDEO): Is this the Video of failed Pakistani Missile Test shared in India on Republic Day?

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(VIDEO): Is this the Video of failed Pakistani Missile Test shared in India on Republic Day?

ISLAMABAD - Ahead of India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations, several social media users posted a video of a failed missile launch claiming it is from Pakistan.

On January 25, Twitter-user @arpispeaks posted the viral video with Hindi text that said, *“P**akistan’s Ghaznavi missile test failed for the 13th time. A missile which is supposed to travel 300 km, crashed after 36 km, burning like a paper.[Translated from पाकिस्तान की गजनवी मिसाइल का 13वां टेस्ट जो फेल हो गया। 300Km तक जानेवाली मिसाइल 36Km पर गिरी कागज की तरह जल कर खत्म हुई।]”*

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Similarly, several people on Twitter link and Facebook link have shared the viral video with the claim that this missile launch is from Pakistan. Video is from Russia

Alt News did a keyword search on YouTube and found that the viral video was uploaded link by Martin Vit in 2014. According to the title of the video, a ‘Proton M’ rocket exploded on July 2, 2013.

Alt News performed another keyword search on Google and found that the rocket was launched by Proton M, an expendable Russian heavy-lift launch vehicle. Several media outlets reported about the crash including *Euro News link* and *Space.com link*.

According to *Space.com, *the rocket crashed 17-seconds into the flight on July 1, 2013, due to emergency shutdown of the booster’s engines. A YouTube video uploaded by* Euro News on *July 2, 2013 reported that the rocket was unmanned.

The video therefore shows a Russian rocket and not a failed launch of Pakistani missile Ghaznavi. In fact, on January 23, *The* *Economics Times* reported link that Pakistan conducted a successful training launch of nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi which can strike targets up to 290 kilometres.

On the same day, Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces uploaded the launch of Ghaznavi on YouTube link.

Incidentally, YouTube account Pak Viral uploaded link the viral video last year with the claim that the failed missile launch is from India.

A video from 2013 of Russian’s Proton M rocket is being circulated by Indian social media users with the false claim that the viral video shows a failed launch test of Pakistan’s ballistic missile Ghaznavi.

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