Indian media spent Monday, hyperventilating over claims that Pakistan F15 fighter was in Panjshir valley in Afghanistan helping the Taliban to control the revolt. The news was later denounced as being fake by independent news website UK Defence Journal which explained that the scene of the fighter plane doing manoeuvres was in Wales. The site repudiated Indian media’s claims about Pakistan’s involvement in the invasion of Panjshir and the F-15 fighter jet footage circulated in Indian media on Monday which it alleged belonging to Pakistan was actually the American F-15 jet flying in Wales in the United Kingdom.
India exposed by UK Defence Journal website
Independent news website UK Defence Journal reported that the video in question was actually of an American F-15 jet flying in Wales in the United Kingdom.
The Indian news channel Times Now broadcasted a clip that it said showed a Pakistani fighter jet hovering over Panjshir, terming it proof of a “full-fledged Pakistani invasion” of Afghanistan.
An American F-15 flying from RAF Lakenheath flying thought the Mach Loop in Wales.
The Mach Loop is a set of valleys, situated between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south (and from which the Mach Loop gets its name), which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet (76 metres) from the nearest terrain.
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) September 6, 2021
Indian media exposed for its allegations on Pak’s military involvement
This picture, and other fake news about Pakistan’s military involvement in Afghanistan, surfaced as the Taliban said on Monday they had seized Panjshir, the last hold-out of anti-Taliban forces and resistance pocket north of Kabul, the only province the Taliban had not seized during their blitz across the country last month.
With Taliban fighters advancing into Panjshir, Indian media outlets during the past week ran baseless claims of PAF planes hovering over Panjshir valley and dropping bombs on resistance fighters in support of the Taliban. Also, it became clear that India lied about the fighter jet being shot down by anti-Taliban forces in Panjshir.