An incident occurred on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on 14 August, leading to the arrest of a 45-year-old man named Muhammad Arif Ali.
In a video, which has gone viral over social media drawing widespread criticism, he claimed to have explosives in his backpack, causing the flight to return to Sydney.
The man, formerly a Pakistani model and actor, is now facing charges for falsely making a threat to damage the aircraft.
Videos of the man praying and discussing religious beliefs spread on social media. He had a background in entertainment, appearing in a popular Pakistani song, Preeto by Abrar-ul-Haq, and a sitcom called Kollege Jeans by Jawad Bashir.
According to the Current, his LinkedIn profile showed that he pursued a career in architecture after graduating from the National College of Arts (NCA) in 2002. He worked at various firms in Karachi and Lahore from 2002 to 2016.