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.

CLAIM

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

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.

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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