Warning: Honda Defense in Karachi may be using counterfeit products:
Full disclosure first: I recently had a very negative experience at Honda Shahrah-e-Faisal, that co-owns Honda Defense https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/non-wheels-discussions/241715-my-horror-story-honda-shahrah-e-faisal-2
For reasons highlighted above, I decided to go to Honda South this time for regular vehicle maintenance. Once there, the technician informed me that I was using a counterfeit air filter. I was absolutely floored by this assertion of his. All such work on my car was done at Honda Defense.
But then he showed me an original air filter, and sure enough, there was a clear, distinct difference between the two. I was clearly using the inferior product.
Now in fairness, there is a chance that this was a one off, a rare mistake, a fluke of some sort; but given my experience with that franchise I really don't think so.
So as an FYI, for those who have recently bought a filter from Honda Defense (and possibly Shahrah-e-Faisal), please check it out somehow to ensure that you got what you paid for.