A tweet from a Israeli journalist that an aircraft flew from Tel Aviv to Islamabad has sparked a storm of rumors on social media in Pakistan.
Avi Scharf, editor of Israeli newspaper Haaretz who first tweeted about the alleged arrival of the aircraft, said the plane did not directly fly from the Israeli capital into Islamabad.
In his recent tweet, he explains further:
1/ As my previous post caused uproar in Pakistan, here R all the details i have, and have NOT. Please follow: Bizjet M-ULTI tracked dep TLV (23Oct, 2000 UTC) , hopped Amman, got new sqwk 0757, then over Saudi arabia, and lost track Gulf of Oman (23:00) Sqwk 0757 type: Glex XRS
2/ Re-appeared (24Oct, 00:40 UTC) descending into Islamabad, still sqwk 0757 and type. Desc to 20K feet, and then lost track again After 10 hours (11:20 UTC), re-appeared heading SW from Islamabad, continued same track back to Amman, then TLV
3/ I DONT know who OWNS it (“Multibird Overseas Ltd” in isle of man), or who FLEW on it ■ I DONT have 100% confirm landed Islamabad, because it lost track (not enought flightradar24 receivers there) ■ However, no reason to desc 40K to 20K if continuing north to Kashmir.
Scharf claimed plane visited Islamabad on October 24.
Quoting the BBC report, PMLN leader Ahsan Iqbal took to Twitter and sought explanation from the government.
Responding to Iqbal, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry asked him not to worry as Pakistan was in the safe hands.
“The fact is that neither Imran is a Nawaz Sharif nor he has a fake Aristotle like you in his cabinet. We will neither hold secret talks with Modi nor Israel,” he wrote in Urdu.