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Fact check: No, it is not IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman dancing with Pakistan Army

The fake factory is at it again! When India was waiting for the release of Wing Commander for IAF, Abhinandan Varthaman, a video which claimed that Abhinandan was dancing with the Pakistan army personnel went viral.

Various YouTube channels and Facebook pages began sharing the just over 2-minute-long video.

A YouTube channel’s video has garnered more than 200K views.

Multiple Facebook pages, including one that goes by the name “Lazawal” which has more than 28K followers shared the video with the title, “ “IAF Pilot Varthaman dancing with Pak army and PAF in Pakistan”. The video has been seen over 90000 times.

In the low quality video spread across social media platforms it can been seen that the officer in the olive coloured uniform is actually a Pakistan military man as a Pakistan Flag can be noticed on his uniform.

 

In another incident of misinformation, earlier, a verified user account goes by the name “Yuva Desh”, which in its bio says that It “is an Indian youth based platform to stand against hate politics and that they are “in between a storm and we seek calm”, shared a video. In the video, a lady can be heard speaking, request political leaders to not politicize the sacrifice of the soldiers. Though the lady says that she is the wife of Army officer and that one should imagine what Abhinandan’s family is going through, the Yuvadesh handle, shared the video with the tweet wrongly calling her “Abhinandan’s wife”.

Tensions between India and Pakistan reached high on Wednesday as the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a press bring on Wednesday afternoon, confirmed that an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot has gone missing in action and has acknowledged that Pakistan has claimed that the pilot is in their captivity.

The captured IAF pilot is Abhinandan Varthaman, a MiG 21 Bison pilot. This comes after the conflict between Indian and Pakistan escalated on Wednesday after the Pakistan Air Force violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors. While Indian officials said that a Pakistani Air Force F-16 fighter jet was shot down in Jammu, Pakistan has claimed to have shot down two IAF aircraft and arrested two pilots.

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