Fact check: Picture cmed to be of PAF jet shot down in Panjshir is actually from US
Some Twitter users shared a picture of a fighter jet cming it showed a Pakistan Air Force plane that was shot down by resistance fighters in Afghanistan's Panjshir valley, but a fact check by Dawn.com and independent journalists shows the picture is actually from 2018 in the United States.
A Twitter account purportedly cming to belong to Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary Afghan rebel commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, tweeted a photo of a military aircraft on its belly on the ground, with the caption saying: "The Pakistani Jet Plane that was shot down by the lion cubs."
The photo, which has since been deleted, was shared by other accounts opposed to the Taliban as well, but a Google reverse image search showed it is an old picture.
An April 2018 article by military news website Military.com showed the picture in question was captured after a US F-16 Fighting Falcon jet crash-landed during a routine training flight near the Arizona-California border.
The same picture was also carried in an article about the crash landing by the Iranian Fars News Agency.
This picture, and other fake news about Pakistan's military involvement in Afghanistan, surfaced as the Taliban said on Monday they had taken control of Panjshir province north of Kabul, the last holdout of anti-Taliban forces in the country and the only province the Taliban had not seized during their blitz across the country last month.
The anti-Taliban forces had been led by the former vice presi nt, Amrullah Saleh, and Ahmad Massoud, whose father was killed just days before the 9/11 te rort attacks in the US.
Frankly they don't have the capacity to shoot down an aircraft like F16.
Again and again shows how India has been involved in de-stabilizing the region. Their lies. fabrication has no bounds
I would take it as compliment that Pakistan army and intelligence agencies are able to achieve their targets despite US, NATO and Indian forces combined efforts over the past 20 years!
Indian Disinformation Network is a laughingstock!
Great job Dawn. You remain the most professional news organisation in all of South Asia!
Syed Saad Ahmed
Was it the legendary Abhinandan who shot this jet down?? :)
Again proved that the world's largest demoncracy is actually only a false news creating machine ag inst Pakistan. Their ignorent TV anchors and common public have no idea that F-15 fighter jets are not part of PAF. What a shameless country India is.
And idiots on Twitter and Facebook will share it without thinking for moment about aunthenticity. I mean, how is it possible that Pakistan would carry out air operations in a sovereign country without a reason in broad daylight.
Stop india to use foreign land for te rorm
Lol.. Indian media is really a laughing stock
Indian media isn’t fooling anyone except Indians themselves.
That doesn’t look like ‘shot down’. That looks more like abandoned. Lol.
Indian news is pure comedy gold!
UNSC should be made to notice Indian disinformation propaganda to discredit us
Surprisingly its not the individuals only hired by Indian State who push this disinformation but also regular TV channels where so called anchors paddle these lies. But their level has definitely taken a massive hit by loss of Indian te rort activities in Afghanistan.
Indian getting desperate
Indian media can lie any thing for fake publicity or TRP, they don’t have any ethics or professionalism, just bundle of lies and lies
World now has seen india as deceitful and their news all lies and manipulated, shamelessly.
Let US clarify the pic, endup the plane might be someone else's
Shame on Indian media and their afghan sl ves…