IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s return to India hogged the news space, but it also set the fake news mills running.
This month, The Quint came across a social media post, which falsely claimed that the Indian Air Force pilot’s uniform has been kept at a Pakistani museum.
A number of Facebook and Twitter posts shared the image of a military uniform, which – they claimed – belongs to Wing Commander Abhinandan and has been kept at a Pakistani museum as “war trophy.”
Abhinandan uniform in Pakistan museum save as War TrophyPosted by Zulfiqar Rizvi on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Indian Pilot Abhinandan's uniform Displayed as war trophy #peace #Pakistan #endia #AdminEntiePosted by Pakistan Strategic Forum on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
TRUE OR FALSE
The claims are false. The Quint found out that the uniform does not belong to Abhinandan.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
A reverse image search of the photo showed at least two tweets – featuring the image – that were posted before Abhinandan was captured on 27 February.
Pakistan always help Arabs in war against apartheid Israel. Here is a snaps of Air CDRE Abdus Sattar Alvi who shot down Israeli Mirage during air combat on April 1974 in #Syria-#Israel war.Our hearts beat with our Arab Nations including Palestinians.#Palestine#اسرائیل_نامنظور pic.twitter.com/uP6cQToQkM— Sheikh Saleem Ahmad (@Sagopaak) February 23, 2019
Commander in Chief of Syrian Air Force gave uniform/coverall of Israeli Pilot, Captain Lutz as 'War Trophy' to Pakistani Pilot Abdus Sattar Alvi who shot down Israeli jet— Sheikh Saleem Ahmad (@Sagopaak) February 23, 2019
during #Syria-#Israel war (1974).We always help our Arab brothers against Israel.#Palestine#اسرائیل_نامنظور pic.twitter.com/VNajKx3QYg
These original tweets by Sheikh Saleem Ahmed, a Pakistani national, suggest that the uniform belongs to an Israeli pilot Captain Lutz.
According to them, a Mirage – flown by Captain Lutz – was shot down by Pakistani pilot Abdus Sattar Alvi during an air combat in April 1974.
One of the images in the tweets confirm the claim.
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