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Pakistani Ad Using Spoof of IAF WC Abhinandan Draws Ire Online

A Pakistani channel made a cricket World Cup advertisement featuring a spoof using IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s lookalike has not gone well with the Indian Twitterati, terming the act – ‘mocking’, ‘shameful’ and ‘cheap’. The advertisement shows on the conversation Abhinandan had with the Pakistani officials in captivity after his MiG 21 Bison fell on the Pak-occupied Kashmir side during an aerial dogfight on 27 February after the Balakot air strike. The video had gone viral which shows Abhinandan replying, “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this” – to the questions asked to him during his captivity in Pakistan. In the ad, Abhinandan’s lookalike is seen wearing a blue jersey while holding a white tea cup in his hand. “Shameful for Pakistan to mock our hero #Abhinandan ahead of #INDvsPAK World Cup cricket game. We need to retaliate!” tweeted Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Enterprises. “#Abhinandan Pakisthan have not deserved to mock abhinandan. Pak struggling to play wc. India have indomitable player,” wrote a Twitter user. Another user wrote, “Atleast Keep that coffee cup safe, as you guys cannot handle World Cup. #abhinandan.” “Pakistan Admits the only Cup they can win is this ‘Tea Cup’ #Abhinandan #MoukaMouka,” tweeted @hellopravi. The match between India and Pakistan is scheduled to be held on June 16 as part of the 2019 ICC World Cup being hosted by England.

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