Cul­ture min­istry puts Pak jet in I-Day ad goof-up

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: The cul­ture min­istry was em­bar­rassed on Fri­day when so­cial me­dia users pointed out that one of its videos cel­e­brat­ing In­de­pen­dence Day fea­tured Pak­istan’s JF-17 Thun­der com­bat jets in the open­ing seg­ment.

The an­i­mated seg­ment at the start of the 1.40-minute video showed two JF-17s, one on ei­ther side of a stylised sym­bol com­mem­o­rat­ing 70 years of the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence and adorned with the In­dian tri­colour.

The video, which pro­moted an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem for get­ting noob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates for con­struc­tions from the Na­tional Mon­u­ments Au­thor­ity, was posted on Twit­ter on Thurs­day. Ea­gle eyed so­cial me­dia users pointed out the jets in the video were Pak­istani air­craft and it was re­moved from Twit­ter.

An of­fi­cial re­ac­tion from the cul­ture min­istry was awaited.

The JF-17 looks sim­i­lar to In­dia’s Te­jas light com­bat air­craft. Both are sin­gleengine jets but the Te­jas does not have tailplanes while the JF-17’s air in­takes are lo­cated fur­ther for­ward on the fuse­lage.

The JF-17 jet was jointly de­vel­oped by Pak­istan and China to re­place the age­ing com­bat air­craft of the Pak­istan Air Force. Pak­istan has in­ducted about 50 JF-17s into its air force and or­dered 50 more.

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