Was Shireen Mazari Blackmailed to Quit Politics?

A claim went viral purportedly on X (formerly Twitter)  with the captions “Latif Khosa said Shireen Mazari was shown her daughter’s video by “My Army” after which she left politics.”

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The post was shared along with many other claims and was widely shared by Pro-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters. Social media users widely criticized the Armed forces for interfering in politics.

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The same claim was also shared widely shared on Facebook by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters.

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The claim gained traction on social media, particularly on X (formerly Twitter), the claim was shared here, here, here and here accumulating more than 140K views. On Facebook claim was shared here, here, here, and here

After the claim gained traction, Shireen Mazari’s daughter, Imaan Zainab Mazari Hazir, refuted the allegation through a quote retweet on X (formerly Twitter).

She stated that neither she nor her mother had any such video, contradicting Latif Khosa’s claim. She expressed dismay at Khosa’s spreading of this falsehood without verification. “If Latif Khosa told it, it became true? Latif Khosa, what do you think of me that you spread this lie without asking me? Neither I have any such video nor my mother was shown any such video. It is our decision when to tell what happened to us.”

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The viral claim appears to have been shared with the intent to discredit Iman Zainab Mazari Hazir and Shireen Mazari and perhaps undermine her reputation in politics. It may also aim to sow distrust and division within political circles by spreading false rumors.


Our fact check confirms that the claim alleging Shireen Mazari was blackmailed to leave politics after being shown a compromising video of her daughter is false. Mazari’s daughter refuted the claim, stating that neither she nor her mother had any such video.

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