The Pakistani Air Force has installed a mannequin of Wing Commander Abhinandan in its war museum in another crass act.
Pakistanis are delighted with the development since they have had pitifully little to celebrate in recent times. One journalist wasn’t satisfied, however, and suggested that the display would be much more interesting if the PAF somehow managed to put a cup of tea in Abhinandan’s hand.
PAF has put mannequin of Abhi Nandhan on display in the museum. This would be a more interesting display, if it they can arrange a Cup of FANTASTIC tea in his hand. pic.twitter.com/ZKu9JKcrSQ
— Anwar Lodhi (@AnwarLodhi) November 9, 2019
The journalist’s suggestion was a reference to Abhinandan’s words during captivity, “The tea is fantastic, thank you.” It appears the PAF hasn’t yet recovered from the fact that the Wing Commander brought down one of their F-16s with his Mig-21 Bison. In the process, he was captured by the Pakistan army and was beaten up, choked and tortured in the first 24 hours of captivity. But Pakistan was forced to released him without any conditions due to mounting international pressure.
Earlier, one Pakistani channel had released a ‘Mauka Mauka’ ad featuring Abhinandan ahead of the India vs Pakistan match in the Cricket World Cup. In another embarrassing incident, Pakistan’s media had thought that PM Modi was talking about the Wing Commander while addressing party workers after the 2019 victory because he said ‘abhinandan’ (congratulations) to them.