Fact-check: Pakistan pilots being trained for Rafale jets?
NEW DELHI: French Ambassador to New Delhi Alexandre Ziegler has dismissed news of Pakistani Air Force (PAF) pilots being trained on Rafale jets in Qatar.
“I can confirm that it is fake news,” Alexander Ziegler tweeted.
I can confirm that it is fake news. https://t.co/3XpPnfPqUc
— Alexandre Ziegler (@FranceinIndia) April 11, 2019
His response came a day after Aviation International News reported that the delivery of the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets for Qatar has been done and the first batch of pilots trained for Qatar in November 2017 was Pakistani exchange officers.
France's @Dassault_OnAir has handed over the first Rafale combat jet to Qatar. The only catch? The first lot of pilots trained for Qatar in France are "Pakistani exchange officers". https://t.co/3u7Llf6Ct5
— Rezaul Hasan Laskar (@Rezhasan) April 10, 2019
The news was put up defence website in Pakistan on Wednesday, causing causing embarrassment to Narendra Modi’s BJP on the eve of elections.
PAF pilots train the Qataris how to Fly their Rafales.
Now Pakistanis know how to Fly Rafale before the Indians.
A Pakistani General once told the Indians "We will Surprise you". He dint tell for how long we will keep surprising themhttps://t.co/zU32ZVRgnn
— Zohaib Khan (@zohaibkm) April 10, 2019
According to India Today, the Indian Air Force’s first Rafale jets will be delivered in September this year.