The latest advert released in Pakistan to build up hype for the World Cup clash between the two neighbours on June 16 has stooped to a new low.
Pakistan’s Jazz TV broadcasted an advertisement mocking the incident with an actor in a blue jersey and sporting Abhinandan’s trademark handlebar moustache.
The ad shows a man made to look like Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, also sporting a blue jersey, like the Indian cricket team!
The ad also has racist overtones as it shows Abhinandan’s face blackened to show his dark complexion.
He is asked several cricket related questions, to which he repeats Abhinandan’s famous statement, “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this.”
The actor is then asked if he liked the tea and he answered that it is excellent.
In the video, which surfaced in February, Abhinandan was sporting a black eye and drinking a cup of tea.
He was asked if he liked the tea and the wing commander had replied that it was excellent.
While the Wing Commander was stoic and calm in the video released by the Pakistani military, he is shown frightened and jumpy in the World Cup ad.
The advertisement is in bad taste because it mocks the incident which heightened diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan.
In addition to this, there was also slight racism where the actor had visibly blackened his face to portray Abhinandan’s dark complexion.
India will face Pakistan in the biggest game of the 2019 World Cup in Manchester on Sunday.
The interest for the match peaked due to the recent diplomatic tensions between the two countries involving the capture of the IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Abhinandan had repelled all attempts by Pakistani interrogators, who tried to extract crucial information on Indian troop deployment, sensitive logistics and high-security radio frequencies after capturing him, according to the debriefing report after his return to India.
He was captured on February 27 as he averted Pakistani F16 jets’ intrusion into the Indian air space as they tried to target Indian military installations in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
He had remained in Pakistani military’s custody for 60 hours.
He was eventually released as a “goodwill gesture” by the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.