Menu سوچو

Video from 9 May protests falsely linked to recent attack on Mianwali air base

Video from 9 May protests falsely linked to recent attack on Mianwali air base

By

Claim: A video shows a Pakistan Air Force fighter jet engulfed in fire during the Mianwali air base attack from earlier this month.

Fact: The video is from May 2023 when protests erupted across Pakistan following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

On 4 November 2023, a group of nine terrorists attacked Pakistan Air Force (PAF) training airbase in Mianwali. The military reported that three “non-operational” aircraft were damaged during the attack, and security forces successfully neutralised all of the assailants, according to a report by Reuters.

According to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “no damage has been done to any of the PAF’s functional operational assets,  while only some damage was done to three already phased out non-operational aircraft during the attack.”

Fact or Fiction?

On 4 November 2023, X (formerly Twitter) user @FrontalForce shared a video claiming that it shows a Pakistan Air Force fighter jet engulfed in fire during the recent attack on the airbase in Mianwali. 

The video is accompanied by the following caption:

“Pak Airforce fighter jets up in flames.

Meanwhile, Mianwali airbase attack still ongoing.”

Soch Fact Check searched the phrase “Pakistan aircraft jet on fire” on Google and came across a YouTube video uploaded by Hindustan Times on 10 May 2023. The video is titled, “Pak embarrassed as Imran supporters burn Chinese Shenyang F-6 dummy aircraft in Mianwali | Watch”. Based on similarities, we ascertained that it features the same aircraft as the viral video between the 1:25 to 1:30 mark. A comparison graphic below shows the similarities.

Another Indian outlet, First Press Journal also reported  the incident where supporters of Imran Khan set fire to a “dummy aircraft” in Mianwali, following his arrest.

We also found tweets carrying a video from this scene of protest in May 2023, including here and here, as well as a post on Facebook.

PTI chief Imran Khan’s arrest from the Islamabad High Court’s premises on 9 May 2023 in the Al-Qadir Trust case sparked nationwide protests.

Virality:

The claim can be found here, here, here, here and here on Twitter.

The tweet by @FrontalForce gained significant traction with 234,400 views, 2,200 likes and 659 reposts.

The video was also shared here on Facebook.

Conclusion: The viral video is unrelated to the recent Mianwali air base attack. It is actually from May 2023, when protestors allegedly set a dummy aircraft on fire in Mianwali, during a period of widespread protests in Pakistan following the arrest of former prime minister, Imran Khan.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

More Stories

Imran Khan did not say army generals incited him against Fazlur Rehman

Khan did not issue any statement about army generals inciting him against Fazlur Rehman

Imran Khan has not been moved to Bani Gala

He remains imprisoned at Adiala Jail

Video does not show Maleeha Hashmey and Barrister Gohar being affectionate

The video actually shows a former Indian government official
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x