Fact-Check: PAF jet burnt in Mianwali during May 9 protests didn't belong to MM Alam

12:30 AM | 21 May, 2023
Fact-Check: PAF jet burnt in Mianwali during May 9 protests didn't belong to MM Alam
Source: social media

The rioters, who attacked Pakistani state assets and military installations, also torched a jet in Mianwali during nationwide protests on May 9 against the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan.

The top leaders of the ruling alliance, including the prime minister, condemned the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters for causing damage to the state assets and a huge embarrassment to the nation.

Amid the widespread condemnation and criticism, Maryam Nawaz, chief organiser of the ruling party and a strong critic of the former cricketer, took to Twitter where she claimed that an angry mob set ablaze a plane in Mianwali that belonged to 1965 war hero MM Alam, who is known for shooting down five Indian planes within a few minutes.

In her tweet, Maryam slammed PTI members, saying, "It’s the same plane from which MM Alam shot down six Indian planes within a minute, and you [Imran Khan] and your arsonists turned this symbol of national pride into ashes."

The claim by outspoken PML-N leaders turned out to be misinformation as the jet burnt during May 9 protests was a Chinese Shenyang F-6 dummy aircraft.

Despite the false claim, the post of the former premier’s daughter amassed over 16,500 likes and was retweeted by thousands while its impressions hovered around four million people.

Pakistan has decided to use military laws to prosecute civilians, especially those responsible for arson during recent protests, a move that has caused an outrage locally and internationally.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 14 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 14, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25  303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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