Fake news flying thick on India-Pak air strikes; don’t buy the BS: Photos of ‘felled Indian MiG-21’ actually of Pak F-16 debris

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On Wednesday, Pakistan claimed that its air force had shot down two Indian planes and that an Indian pilot was detained by troops. Minutes later, reports came that an F-16 aircraft from Pakistan, which had violated India’s airspace, was shot down by India in the Lam valley, in the Nowshera sector.

Meanwhile, a Mi-17 transport helicopter has crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam. The exact cause behind this attack has not been determined. Given the relatively short period of time within which these three developments were broken, confusion reigned on social networks where journalists, news portals and those who followed the news exchanged several versions of the unverified reports of the three plane crashes.
The photograph of a Pakistani news channel showing what was said to be an IAF flight hit by Pakistan. Twitter users have indicated that the queue number shows that the crash is earlier. Twitter / @ DharnaDhaari

The photograph of a Pakistani news channel showing what was said to be an IAF flight hit by Pakistan. Twitter users have indicated that the queue number shows that the crash is earlier. Twitter / @ DharnaDhaari

Several of the images and videos that were distributed immediately afterwards were declared false, and many of them blamed for the circulation of false images in Pakistan.

The tweet from Pakistani army spokesman Asif Ghafoor, who unleashed the claims cycle, mentioned that of the two Indian planes that Pakistan allegedly hit, one fell into Pakistan occupying Kashmir while another fell into the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Soon after, several people shared on Twitter videos of what was said to be the wreckage of the plane, including Pakistani newspapers Dawn and Express Tribune and the channel, the Pakistan Television Corporation.

The latter claimed that a video of a blindfolded man and another of a pilot wounded on the ground were “exclusive” videos showing Indian pilots who had flown planes that were allegedly beaten by Pakistan.

However, the time stamp of the videos, uploaded to YouTube, was on February 26, 2019. Both videos were widely shared on Twitter and shown on Pakistani television channels.

Many since then have claimed that the video of the soldier lying on the ground was filmed on the grounds of Yemlur in Bengaluru, after one of the pilots on the Surya Kiran fell to the ground after the accident.

He was later identified as the wing commander Vijay Shelke, one of the pilots who had left safely after the two planes crashed.

Some said that Kannada could be heard clearly in the background, which caused both “Kannada” and #PakFakeClaims to take a Twitter trend.