India mistakenly shows Pakistan’s JF-17 jets in Independence Day video

Published: August 13, 2016
JF-17 Thunder aircraft. PHOTO: PAF

JF-17 Thunder aircraft. PHOTO: PAF

The Indian culture ministry made an embarrassing mistake when it used a photo of Pakistani jet fighter JF-17 Thunder in one of its videos for Independence Day on Friday.

The jets were viewable in the animated segment one on either side of an Indian-tricolour symbol to celebrate the 70 years of the country’s independence.

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However, the video was removed from Twitter shortly after the social media users pointed the bizarre yet embarrassing mistake, while no official statement was made by the ministry.

JF-17 have similarities with Indian Tejas light combat planes as both work single-engine, with the only distinction that the latter does not have tail-planes.

Developed jointly by Pakistan and China, JF-17s were developed to modernise the PAF fleet. Earlier in April, JF-17 Thunder has been formally inducted in the prestigious No 2 Multirole Squadron of Pakistan Air Force.

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This is not the first time the Indian government has faced embarrassment for such antics. In December last year, it faced mockery on the social media for tweeting an apparently doctored photo of its image-conscious prime minister surveying the flood-hit southern state of Tamil Nadu.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted an image of himself looking out of a helicopter window as he flew over the area, saying he was “pained by the devastation” he had seen.

The scene through the window was barely visible, but when the government’s press department later tweeted what appeared to be the same image, the view through the window was sharp and clearly showed flooding.

The department later deleted that tweet, but not before thousands of followers had taken screen grabs of the apparently manipulated image.

The article originally appeared on Hindustan Times

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Reader Comments (56)

  • AA_Southpaw
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:52PM

    I think we can safely say.

    India is enough for the destruction of India.

    No need for us to do anything.Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2016 - 10:19PM

    LOL.It was an mistake.JF-17 Thunder is much more better fighter jet than Tejas. India can place an order for JF-17s in Pakistan with limited function and feature with scrapping Tejas jets.Recommend

  • sterry
    Aug 13, 2016 - 10:33PM

    Indian made products can’t compete with Pakistani products but wishful thinking won’t make the Indian Teja a JF 17 !!!Recommend

  • Humanist
    Aug 13, 2016 - 10:43PM

    Notice how they say “Chinese made Pakistan jet,” when JF-17 is jointly produced. India’s inferiority complex knows no bounds Perhaps it’s because half of their population don’t use toilets and defecate out in the open. Recommend

  • Really fed up
    Aug 13, 2016 - 10:43PM

    Goofy. We know it.Recommend

  • nomi
    Aug 13, 2016 - 11:08PM

    So what? Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    Aug 13, 2016 - 11:12PM

    Shirt lived happines for indians as world noticed quickly. they just love pakistanis nothing else matter in their lives. they,ll be here in a minnut calling it chinese not pakistani. By the way how is teja ?Recommend

  • Sadiq
    Aug 13, 2016 - 11:37PM

    Lets focus on the good things India is doing and try to compete with them…. leave the petty things behind to gain cheap points.I am sure we also do these things and they show up in some Indian newspaper or channel….so Grow up Media!!Recommend

  • SKS
    Aug 13, 2016 - 11:48PM

    No education, no economy, no name internationally with no country wants to come near, no security with bomb blasts every week, no future with endemic corruption and warped religious application but want justice & hope for Kashmiri’s. Wow PakistanRecommend

  • raj
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:08AM

    The mistake made by certain individuals is quite big and not a petty matter. So heads should roll. Recommend

  • Sid
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:19AM

    @pakistani bloach:
    How is Tejas ? You will see in our next war.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 12:52AM

    i thinks these indian alway make these type of mistakes and even they laughed at pakistan
    modi shame on you that you are doing in kashmir Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:02AM

    Please note it is not half the population but no less than 2/3rd Indians squate in the open fields.Recommend

  • k k khan
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:07AM

    Chill out guys.
    Auspicious month for both neighbors.
    Happy independence day to both.Recommend

  • No more war
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:09AM

    Keep waiting. The days of conventional wars are over,Wake up Sid@Sid: Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:53AM

    Nothing wrong in the pic. I am sure India will be the Pakistan’s client in fighter jets the future. So India is proudly showing its future’s acquisition and nothing else. Recommend

  • XoF
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:34AM

    India in its desperation to look and sound macho…ends up looking annoying and embarasses itself. Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:59AM

    @SKS: Lmaooo! Sounds like someone is upset. Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 3:40AM


  • ajeet
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:55AM

    Pakistani made JF is an oxymoron. And Pakistanis aren’t intelligent enough to figure out anything reeled by their government. ORecommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:57AM

    I don’t think Pakistan is safe enough to defecate in the open. Even men aren’t safe from other men.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:58AM

    We know the muslim machoness when they get beaten up by tiny israel.Recommend

  • An Indian
    Aug 14, 2016 - 6:56AM

    Another reason for Pakistanis to chest thump over a simple mistake. Recommend

  • just_someone
    Aug 14, 2016 - 7:17AM

    Hahahaha, Hahahaha, Hahahaha……
    Hahahaha, Hahahaha, Hahahaha…………..
    Hahahaha, Hahahaha, Hahahaha,………………Recommend

  • Coord
    Aug 14, 2016 - 7:42AM

    @Sid: Hahahaha …..Joke of the century!!!Recommend

  • Coord
    Aug 14, 2016 - 7:43AM

    It’s just nothing ……..But Indians obsession with PakistanRecommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 8:02AM

    it mean Indian copy &pasting??
    love jf-17 thunderRecommend

  • A.K.
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:22AM

    Don’t need to jump. Pakistani Jung group did similar mistake.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 8:47AM

    I simply believe it was done on purpose for two big reasons. First to defame the Hal Tejas development that has behind and still not up to Jf-17s level in development.
    My second reason is India has been constantly pushing for proxy war so by showing Pakistani weapons to encourage the growth of initiate a war even though this is far fetched reason.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:16AM

    Lol.. hilarious and funny.. It’s the problem with reservation system in India. Happy Independence day to all Pakistanis.. -Indian Recommend

  • sid
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:43AM

    Arabs never really enslaved you, so stop comparing us with them. Your very presence here vindicates our importance. Your rulers mostly came from Iran, AFG, Transoxiana regions. Know your former masters well before spitting upwards.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:27AM

    When you have enemies like that who needs friends !!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:33AM

    Did you enjoy hearty when India produced a map with Delhi inside Pakistan a few years back ?!Recommend

  • kaleem
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:26AM

    is india worse than pakistan indian female boxers wining in world since 2002 and pakistan does not have even 6 female boxers in total , indian women wrestlere are wining since 2006 and pakis dont have women wrestler indian female mix martial artists are 40 in number and pakistni women are on musalahRecommend

  • kaleem
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:28AM

    pakistani women are not wrestlers boxers judo palyers motorbikeres shopkeeperes enterpenuiresRecommend

  • kaleem
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:28AM

    indian women are in every field of science forces wrestling boxing Recommend

  • Faisal
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:37AM

    Seems like someone stepped on somebody’s tail to have 3 comments in a row, right ajeetRecommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 11:38AM

    Modi is a joke believe it nor not! Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 11:38AM

    I am not surprise why Google listed Modi a stupid PM.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:06PM

    Pakistani media are quick to point out any mistake of India with collars up attitude.Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:11PM

    To all Indian friends: Do buy a couple of JF17 from Pakistan. They are really cool and you don’t have to embarass yourself every time on independence day. We don’t have any problem if they are carrying Indian flags.Recommend

  • Zee
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:56PM

    Well no big deal here folks. Since it was getting pretty routine to paint over indian colors on Russian made jets for the past 70 years and tejas is only good as mockup display even after 30 years development, these desperate indians wanted to have something new & cool to portray as Made in india.Recommend

  • shami
    Aug 14, 2016 - 3:49PM

    @ajeet: We donot defacate in open air. This is your habit due to lack of toilets. Do make a toilet for yourself first and then come to compete with JF17. Recommend

  • vrindavan
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:11PM

    thats a captured china made JF17 of the Paki Air Force with Indian tricolour. Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:14PM

    @ajeet: Might I suggest investing in some burnol to soothe your scorched behind? Recommend

    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:34PM

    They just forgot to remove Pakistan flag and insert Indian flag instead. Copy paste needs more intelligence than experience which utterly India lacks. Who will be punished in India and how much is to be seen? Iqbal Hadi ZaidiRecommend

  • SKS
    Aug 14, 2016 - 6:06PM

    @Hashaam: Yes I am upset, upset at the mosquito who keeps annoying me. So I will crush it and the day is not far.Recommend

  • XoF
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Next war?? You have destroyed Pakistan hundreds of times in your Media, so best of luck for the next war. Make sure to fly Teja in it instead of committing an own goal flying JF 17.Recommend

  • Same same
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:00PM

    Tiny Israel? You mean to say blue eyed illegitimate baby of US.@ajeet: Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Aug 15, 2016 - 12:08AM

    @SKS: What a wonderful fantasy you Indians have immersed yourselves in! Please tell me more.Recommend

  • farhan
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:02AM

    India needed the best aircraft picture for the ad and they found one…It shouldn’t be removed keep it their for the advertisement..Recommend

  • Adeel
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:03AM

    I think you are not aware of your media. They are doing the same, so stop complaining…Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:22PM

    Do you people know under what circumstances an Indian flag flies on a Pakistani ship? Providence has made an advance statement, indicating the future circumstances that would ensure flying of Indian flag. Whether that was done mistakenly or deliberately does not matter, I have enjoyed such an eventuality. Amen.Recommend

  • a
    Aug 16, 2016 - 10:02AM

    @Same same:
    Size doesn’t effect the capability of a country.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2016 - 2:14PM

    A big LOL.. They should name that ministry as Photoshop ministry!Recommend

  • Asad
    Aug 16, 2016 - 2:18PM

    Indian obsession at it’s peak and us laughing..Recommend

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