Pakistani TV channel’s World Cup ad mocking Wing Commander Abhinandan evokes angry reactions from Indians


A little-known Pakistani TV channel has created a video ad ahead of the much-awaited clash between India and Pakistan in the ongoing cricket World Cup. The video has evoked angry reactions from Indians with industrialist Harsh Goenka terming it ‘shameful.’

Pakistani TV

In the video, the TV channel has used a duplicate to portray Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by the Pakistani military in February this year after his fighter jet crashed inside Pakistani territory. He was later released by the Pakistani army, who made several attempts to obtain sensitive information about the Indian military, but he had refused to divulge any saying, ‘I’m not supposed to tell you this.’

Using the same line, the Pakistani channel, Jazz TV, has made its actor in the World Cup ad mock Abhinandan. The duplicate playing the character of Abhinandan says ‘I’m sorry, I’m not supposed to tell you this’ when asked what will the Indian team do if they win the toss against Pakistan in their scheduled encounter this month. He repeats the same line when asked to name the players in the playing XI.

Mimicking Abhinandan, who had praised the tea being served tea during his captivity; the actor in the video too is heard saying, “Tea is fantastic.’ As he proceeds to leave the interviewing room, a Pakistani voice stops him and snatches the team cup from him.

The video has evoked angry reactions from Indians with industrialist Harsh Goenka calling it an insult to India’s hero. Similar reactions came from other social media users.

India and Pakistan face each other in the World Cup on 16 June.


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