No, That’s Not Abhinandan’s Uniform At a Museum in Pakistan

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IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s return to India hogged the news space, but it also set the fake news mills running.

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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 Trophy

Posted by Zulfiqar Rizvi on  Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Indian Pilot Abhinandan's uniform Displayed as war trophy #peace #Pakistan #endia #AdminEntie

Posted by Pakistan Strategic Forum on  Tuesday, March 5, 2019


The claims are false. The Quint found out that the uniform does not belong to Abhinandan.


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.

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.

Image showing a uniform that reportedly belonged to Captain Lutz of Israel.

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