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Twitter erupts after Pak channel's 'shameful' World Cup spoof on Wg Cdr Abhinandan

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A Pakistani TV channel's "shameful" cricket advertisement using IAF as a prop is being widely slammed by the Twitterverse, who have outrightly dismissed the gimmick.

This comes as the Indian and Pakistani teams are all set to face off in 2019 in England's on June 16.

"Shameful for to mock our hero #Abhinandan ahead of #INDvsPAK cricket game. We need to retaliate!" user and the of Enterprises, Harsh Goenka, wrote on

The advertisement is a spoof on the video released by Pakistani during the Wing Commander's brief captivity in the country.

Donning the Team colours, the who plays Abhinandan appears to have a blackened face, pointing towards the racist undertones of the short clip released by a Pakistani channel called Jazz TV.

He's also sporting the trademark Abhinandan gunslinger moustache, and holding a cup of tea. He's asked a volley of questions like what will do if they win the toss or who's in the playing XI, to which he replies, "I'm sorry, I'm not supposed to tell you that, sir," in heavily accented English which seems to be mocking Indian speakers of the language.

"This is disgusting!! #IAF #Abhinandan sir is a hero!! will teach its lesson in World Cup match," another user wrote while reacting to the advertisement.

"This is Shameful for to mock our hero Abhinandan. You Have no right to disrespect our .." another Twitter user said.

The is asked to leave towards the end of the widely slammed clip, not before the narrator stops and takes the teacup away from him.

Taking a jibe at this, another Twitter user said, "Pakistan cannot do anything in the name of They do not have the right to do it. Also, they are only capable of taking the teacup, not "

On February 27, a day after the IAF bombed terrorist camps in Pakistan's Balakot, the (PAF) attempted to carry out an attack on Indian installations in The attack was foiled by the IAF, who immediately scrambled jets.

A piloted by Varthaman shot down an using a Russian air-to-air missile. However, his plane also crashed, forcing him to eject. He landed in Pakistani territory and was taken into custody by the Pakistani

Under severe pressure from India and several other nations, Pakistan released Abhinandan on March 1. He was later moved out of and shifted to an airbase on the western border due to security concerns.

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 19:39 IST