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Pakistani pilots not trained on Rafale: France rejects Indian claims

KARACHI: A section of Indian media accused France of training a group of Pakistani pilots on Rafale fighter jets which it recently sold to Qatar and was due to hand over to Indian Air Force in future.

India has o signed a multi-billion dollar deal to purchase over 30  fighter jets from France to replace its aging fleet of aircraft.

Rezaul Hassan Laskar,Hindustan Times Foreign Editor was the first to claim that the pilot trained for Qatar in France are “Pakistani exchange officers”.

“France’s @Dassault_OnAir has handed over the first Rafale combat jet to Qatar. The only catch? The first lot of pilots trained for Qatar in France are “Pakistani exchange officers,” Laskar said on Twitter.

The Indian claims, however, were rejected by Alexandre Ziegler, French Ambassador to India who said “I can confirm that it is fake news”.

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