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Fact-Check: Photo of Pakistan Army Major Falsely Shared as One of Seema Haider

The woman in a military uniform is Major Samia Rehman, who has served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.

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A photo of a woman in a military uniform has gone viral on social media, where users are claiming that it shows Seema Haider, who came to Uttar Pradesh's Rabupura from Pakistan via Nepal.

The claim: Users are sharing this photo to claim that Seema Haider is a spy from Pakistan who was sent to India to entrap Indian youth and settle in India.

The woman in a military uniform is Major Samia  Rehman, who has served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.

An archive of this tweet can be seen here.

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

(Archives of more claims can be seen herehere and here.)

Is it true?: No, the woman dressed in the military uniform is Pakistan's Major Samia Rehman, who served in the United Nations' (UN) Peacekeeping Force, not Seema Haider.

  • The certificate seen in Rehman's hand was given to her by the UN for her services.

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How did we find the truth?: We cropped the photo to isolate the woman in the military uniform and ran a reverse image search.

  • The results led us to an article published on a website called Showbiz Pakistan on 18 January 2022, which carried the viral image.

  • The website identified the woman as Major Samia Rehman from the Pakistani Army.

  • As per this page, Rehman has played a character named after herself in a TV series titled 'Sinf-e-Aahan'.

  • It added that she had served in the UN's Peacekeeping Force in 2019, working in Congo. For this, she was awarded the Secretary-General certificate by the UN.

The woman in a military uniform is Major Samia  Rehman, who has served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.

The website identified the woman as Major Samia Rehman.

(Source: Showbiz Pakistan/Altered by The Quint)

Taking a cue from this, we looked for more details about Rehman on the United Nations' Peacekeeping website.

  • Here, we came across an article which was published in March 2020 and mentioned her name.

The woman in a military uniform is Major Samia  Rehman, who has served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.

An article on UN's Peacekeeping website mentioned Rehman's name.

(Source: UN Peacekeeping/Altered by The Quint)

According to this article, Rehman worked as an Operations Planning Officer with MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

  • It carried several photos of Rehman in a military uniform, including the one in the viral claim.

  • The article mentioned that Rehman had worked to protect civilians in different provinces in the nation, such as Ituri, North Kivu, South Kuvi, Tanganyika, Kasai, as well as Goma.

  • She had also worked in the Congo to control violence and conflicts between communities and peacekeeping forces, it added.

The woman in a military uniform is Major Samia  Rehman, who has served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.

The MONUSCO mission's website carried the same photo as the viral claim.

(Source: Monusco.UNMissions/Altered by The Quint)

  • "My husband also served in the DRC as a peacekeeper from 2018–2019," it read, mentioning that Rehman had worked with peacekeepers from 11 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Russia, India, Russia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Uruguay, Gambia, and Ghana.

  • She had been awarded the Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) Appreciation Certificate for her services, which is the certificate visible in the viral photo.

Does Rehman still serve in the UN Peacekeepers' force?: Using relevant keywords, we came across a tweet by UN Peacekeeping's official Twitter handle.

The tweet was shared on 11 May 2020 and said that her duty ended on 6 April 2020.

  • Next, we contacted Pakistani journalist Faiz Paracha, who confirmed that Rehman was serving under the UN. She came back to Pakistan and currently serves in the Pakistani Army.

  • Paracha confirmed that Seema Haider and Samia Rehman are two different people, adding that Rehman has also worked in a super hit TV series called 'Sinf-e-Aahan'.

Who is Seema Haider?: Pakistan's Seema Haider came in contact with Sachin, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Rabupura, while playing PUBG, an online game.

  • After this, she came to India via Nepal with her four children to be with him.

  • Subsequently, Haider was arrested by the police. However, she was later granted bail by the court and now lives with Sachin.

  • As per a report by BBC Hindi, Haider lived in Pakistan's Karachi. It also shows her house and her husband, Ghulam Haider.

  • Her husband can be heard saying that Seema used to play PUBG with Sachin and has now moved in with him.

  • In this photo, it can be seen that Rehman and Haider are two different people.

The woman in a military uniform is Major Samia  Rehman, who has served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.

One can see that the photos show different women.

(Source: Altered by The Quint)

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Conclusion: The woman in the viral photo is not Seema Haider, but is Pakistan Army's Major Samia Rehman.

(Disclaimer: This Quint report is only limited to stating that the woman in the viral collage is not Seema Haider but is a different person identified as Major Samia Rehman. Investigative agencies are probing Seema Haider's entry into India and gathering other information related to her.)

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