Fact-check: Pakistan pilots being trained for Rafale jets?

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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.

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.

The news was put up defence website in Pakistan on Wednesday, causing causing embarrassment to Narendra Modi’s BJP on the eve of elections.

According to India Today, the Indian Air Force’s first Rafale jets will be delivered in September this year.