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Outrage over Pakistani ad mocking Indian pilot

June 13, 2019

A World Cup Cricket advertisement by a Pakistani channel with a spoof using a lookalike of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has gotten many people in Indian angry. The ad has been called "mocking", "cheap" and "shameful".

The ad comes just before the match between India and Pakistan on 16 June as part of the ICC World Cup 2019.

The advertisement makes use of the conversation Wing Commander Abhinandan had with the Pakistani side after he was captured when his aircraft MiG-21 Bison was downed during an aerial dogfight on 27 February after the Balakot airstrike.

Pakistan has released the video which has gone viral. In it, Varthaman can be seen saying - ''I''m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this'' to the questions asked of him during captivity. A character who looks like Varthaman with his distinctive moustache, can be heard repeating ''I''m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this'' in response to questions asked about the match. The character is in a blue jersey and is also holding a white tea cup.

The ad has attracted angry reactions from many in India.

Shameful for Pakistan to mock our hero #Abhinandan ahead of #INDvsPAK World Cup cricket game. We need to retaliate! - Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Enterprises

Another person, @Pavanmahaveer1 also tweeted, "Atleast Keep that coffee cup safe, as you guys cannot handle World Cup." "Pakisthan have not deserved to mock abhinandan. Pak struggling to play wc. India have indomitable player," tweeted another Indian.



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