Pakistani Media Gets Fooled by Another Fake ‘Scientific Discovery’

We live in an age where stuff from science fiction and fantasy novels is fast becoming reality. Be it the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter series or the tablet from Star Trek, both of these things now exist in our age and time.

But for every legitimate iPad out there, there’s also a non-existent water car i.e. a fraud perpetuated by con-men who end up fooling everybody in the name of science.

During Eid, many major Pakistani media organizations were taken on a ride by one Professor Qadhi Aurangzeb Al-Hafi, who allegedly came up with the discovery of a ‘new scientific force’.

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What is this ‘New Scientific Force?’

The professor claimed that he was going to bring a ‘new-age climax’ in fields related to “physics, chemistry, space sciences, medicine, biology, electronics, environmental sciences.” He opined that his discovery could provide new clues to understand ‘cosmogenesis’ or how the universe came into being.

He called this new discovery Magnetohydrotropism (MHT).

MHT what? If you are scratching your heads about hearing this term for the first time, then you are 100% correct. Not even one scientific paper exists about this unheard of phenomenon called MHT.

Pakistani News Publications Cover this ‘New Discovery’

From June 6, a series of posts were featured on ‘Professor’ Qadhi’s discovery in ‘Magneto kinetics’. Perhaps the professor in question may have taken inspiration from the titular X-Men villain to name his ‘discovery’ but that was just about it.

The stories about the professor got confusing by the moment. In one story he stated that he was working with scientists from Comsats, Science International and the Higher Education Commission. He said that the team was working on a ‘virgin’ scientific concept.

Searches on the vague-sounding scientific concept of MHT turned up results for two unrelated and completely incompatible scientific terms called magnetohydrodynamism and hydrotropism. Both terms have nothing to do with the Big Bang Theory (not the TV show mind you) that the professor was intent on discovering.

If that wasn’t all, another news story claimed that he was honored by the Order of Malta, an honor that fantastically made him qualified for the Person of the Decade award from an independent territory in Rome, Italy.

The Sovereign Order of Malta, when contacted, rubbished all claims of bestowing that honor to the scientist in question. This led the news organization who published that story to issue a retraction.

As for Professor Hafi’s academic credentials, the professor has not been able to furnish them even following the recent media coverage about his credibility and integrity.

The lesson for the Pakistani media is clear. After the Agha Waqar (Water Car) and Mamoon Tariq Khan (instant communication tech) episodes, the media has a lot to learn when it comes to verifying scientific achievements.

If only the Pakistani media paid attention to the sciences and arts as much as it does to politics and sports. Now if you don’t mind, there’s another shouting match that I’ve got to watch in our talk shows….not!

Via Daily Pakistan

Samir heads the sponsored content department at ProPakistani. He also looks after the Life section.


  • Desi

    first time I’m reading this is here on ProPakistani. You guys in a way promote these people :(

    • ap jis dunya mein ussi mein raho…even indian newspaper reported this MHT
      (MenopauseHormoneTherapy)

      • Taha Najam

        Wo Indian newspapers bhi Propakistani k level k honge.

  • Eli Ehsan

    Har JAAHIL se Be-khabar!!? should be the tagline of the many news channels here. :)

    • Taha Najam

      Be-khabar or ba-khabar?

      • Eli Ehsan

        NAH.. its defo be-khabar. coz a jahil is always oblivious to other jaahils around.

  • KMQ

    Samir bhai! humare media ko just chooran bechna hota hai. No matter woh kuch bhi ho! bas rating aani chahiye. Morning shows dekh lain, talk shows dekh lain sab pre-planned drama and sensation to get ahead in the war of rating.

    Humara media tu woh hai jisne Lahore (Gulshan Iqbal) wale attack main bechare ek shareef se aadmi ko suicide bomber declare kar ke 2 din uski tasweer chalai thi with CNIC, uske ghar aur mohallay pohanch gaye sab ke interviews lene. Baad main pata laga woh tu bechara koi student ya teacher tha, magar uski news bech ke media ne tu paisa kama lia aur phir kitni baar apology nashar ki in logon ne? Aap socho us khandan ka jiska bacha bomb blast main mara gaya aur us khandan ko sab ki sympathies milne ke bajae unko suicide bomber ka khandan hone ka tag mila.

    Wah rey MEDIA
    Wah rey MAFIA

    • Ishtiaq

      Jio KMQ. KMQ rocks!

  • Shahid Saleem

    His research was debunked back in 2011, and there are indications that people were skeptical of his work as far back as 2004. It’s a shame he keeps popping up every few years, unchallenged.

  • Muhammad Shoaib

    is it same case as prerajulization and farhanitrate??? :P

  • Arsalan

    Are you sure it is only media that has been “fooled”? His “discovery” was covered in an official press release of Punjab University too and can be seen at http://www.pu.edu.pk/home/section/press/6139

  • Abdul Wahab Butt

    Newton RIP.

  • I can’t believe people believed that thing!

  • Abdullah Kamran

    And I believe it is the propakistani who is making baseless claims .. No one in the world came to know the so called truth about him and yet here we are with the truth interpreters :-/

  • Obaid Paracha

    Yeah According to NoobPakistani they were fooled as well.
    NOOBPakistani would do anything to be heard. Such inferiority complex lol.

    Is it all about daily hits for you? You have gone steeper then the mainstream media

  • Jawad
  • AuR

    for every research there is a global forum where you have to put and present your work. scientists from around the work validates your work. if this research is really a gigantic as punjab university press release, then it must be made global and get the appreciation from the deserved forum

  • Wahyu Wibowo

    yres

  • Saqib Ali Rana

    even in our university there was one such discoverer. he claimed to have discovered ‘a new source of energy’. Later we came to know he was just a pseudo-scientist