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