Pakistani TV ad mocks our Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abinandan Varthaman ahead India vs Pakistan World Cup match

Ahead of the much-anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the ongoing Cricket World Cup, a Pakistan TV channel on Tuesday telecasted a promotional advertisement wherein a character which lookalike Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been shown. 

On the left, lookalike character of Abinandan; Image credits:
In a 33-second video released by Pakistan's channel, Jazz TV, the character impersonating Abhinandan can be seen sporting the Indian Air Force pilot's signature moustache. However, instead of a military dress, the character is shown wearing the Indian cricket team Jersey.

In the ad that was telecasted, the man refuses to answer every question asked about India’s strategy in the upcoming match during the toss, which is again a callback to the IAF Wing Commander's answers to Pakistani interrogators when he was asked questions. The Jazz TV advertisement also has the man praise the tea he’s given, much like the IAF pilot.

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While the Wing Commander was calm and cold-blooded in the video released by the Pakistani military, he was shown scared and nervous in the World Cup ad. 

Apart from mocking the issue of sensitive tensions that had arisen between the countries since the past, the ad also has racist overtones as it shows Abhinandan’s face darkened to show his dark complexion. 

Here is the video of the ad:

The brand has since received a lot of reactions on social media, raising the questions about the insensitivity of the commercial and the racial profiling of the Wing Commander.

This is not the first instance that a video has referenced to the pilot’s custody, as in March 2019, a spoof commercial for a tea brand was also found circulating on social media.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was taken into custody on February 27 by Pakistani armed forces after his MIG-21 Bison crashed in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). He had shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet which had intruded into Indian air space.

However, the Twitterati in India has responded to the ad in their own fashion by creating memes and videos on the Indo-Pak rivalry. Here are few of those tweets:

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