New Delhi (Sputnik): Netizens have been mocking a Pakistani news channel after their news anchor misconstrued Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's use of the word "Abhinandan" as a reference to the Indian pilot, with the same name, who was captured and then released in the Indo-Pak dogfight.
Modi on 25 May delivered a speech to victorious parliamentarians in which he happened to use the word "Abhinandan", meaning congratulations.
In an apparent bid to poke fun at him, the Pakistani news anchor made a passing comment on how the Indian prime minister is still not over the dogfight yet.
Pakistani News Channels. Hahahahaha. Watch. 😂pic.twitter.com/A2DkUWu2d3— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) May 25, 2019
Social media, however, looked in no mood to let it go and soon started trolling the news channel and their anchor.
Dear Braindead Pakistan Media,— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 25, 2019
'Abhinandan' doesn't necessarily mean Wing Commander Abhinandan, it's a Hindi word that means "Congratulations". 🤣😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/qVxUgGuc6M
Hey @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL, Hindi word 'Abhinandan' means congratulations or to greet. So 'Abhinandan' always won't mean Wing Commander #abhinandan.— The Sunil Kapoor™ (@sunilkapoor8) May 25, 2019
If nothing else, look at the context of #Modi's speech.@BJP4India @tantra341@jpgoswami_delhi @baldev_bahlpic.twitter.com/e2CXXnGbvu
Dear @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL, Hindi word 'Abhinandan' means congratulations or to greet. So 'Abhinandan' always won't mean Wing Commander Abhinandan.— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) May 25, 2019
If nothing else, look at the context of Modi's speech. Sensationalise karne k liyay bhi aqal chaiye.. 🙆🏻♀️pic.twitter.com/pgwcpOucla
The 27 February dogfight was an escalation following the 14 February Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, carried out by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group in which over 40 Indian soldiers were killed.
India responded with air strikes against alleged JeM terror camps on Pakistani soil on 26 February. Pakistan's Air Force responded with a counter airstrike, during which the dogfight involving Wing Commander Abhinandan's capturing took place. He was later released by Pakistan as a "peace gesture" towards India.