Amid the strain in relations between Pakistan and India, GEO TV journalist Hamid Mir caused a minor stir on Twitter Thursday night when he posted that F-16 planes were seen flying over Islamabad around 10:20 pm. “F-16 planes flying at 10:20 pm over Islamabad,” Mir tweeted. Mir’s post quickly drew reactions from fellow Pakistani Twitter users as a few had come forward claiming to have seen or heard the fighter jets.
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One user wrote that the “thunderous sounds” made by the jet forced her to seek the safety of her hostel rooms. “Scary sounds really. I was sitting in the lawn of hostel with friends but now we moved to the rooms due to thunderous sounds,” Moazzama Ali tweeted.
F-16 planes flying at 10:20 pm over Islamabad
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirGEO) September 22, 2016
However, Mir appeared to have hinted that it was a military drill carried out by the Pakistani Air Force amid heightened tensions with India. He retweeted a post that read: “dont worry it is just to assure people of islmabd that our forces are fully aware and ready to fight (sic)”.
He quickly added that “war is not good for the poor people of South Asia”. “War is not good for the poor people of South Asia who are in majority let the majority unite and stop this war mongering,” Mir wrote.