A Malaysia Airlines flight traveling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur encountered a distressing incident that led to its return to Sydney on August 14, as disclosed by Australian authorities.
The Current reported that The disruption was caused by a 45-year-old man who became agitated on board, making claims of having explosives in his backpack. The individual was subsequently apprehended upon the plane’s return to Sydney and is now facing charges for providing false information about a threat to aircraft safety.
Videos capturing the incident quickly spread across social media platforms, featuring the man engaging in prayer on a mat placed in the aisle of the aircraft. He repeatedly posed the question to fellow passengers about their allegiance to Allah, showcasing his agitated demeanor.
It has been verified by multiple sources that the individual in question is Muhammad Arif Ali, a former Pakistani model and actor. Ali’s background includes graduating from NCA in 2002 and pursuing a career in architecture across firms in Karachi and Lahore until 2016.
Arif Ali presence extended to the entertainment industry, where he appeared in a music video by prominent Pakistani singer Abrar-ul-Haq titled “Preeto.” Additionally, he played a role in the Pakistani sitcom “Kollege Jeans,” directed by Jawad Bashir, which centered around life at the National College of Arts.
Close associates from Ali’s entertainment industry days have reported losing contact with him, while another source has conveyed awareness of his shift towards extremist perspectives. Observing his social media presence reveals several aspects of his life.
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Arif Ali Behance profile, established on January 30th, 2012, showcases architectural projects he contributed to throughout his career. Meanwhile, his publicly accessible Facebook profile indicates his residence in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, and has attracted comments from users.
YouTube channel of Arif Ali, titled “food for thought,” predominantly contains brief videos that delve into his religious viewpoints. His most recent video, uploaded on August 12, 2023, delves into these themes.
His Instagram account, initiated in June 2014, includes a throwback video involving his former colleagues from “Kollege Jeans.” Concerns about his mental well-being have arisen among his ex-colleagues and his lawyer, who advocate for a comprehensive psychological evaluation and a fair treatment process, attributing his behavior to potential mental health challenges.