An Indian fighter pilot in the custody of Pakistani forces at an undisclosed location, 27 February 2019

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Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan earlier this yr

India and Pakistan “tensions” are excessive once more. However this time it is over cricket.

The 2 sides are set to fulfill one another on Sunday in what’s arguably essentially the most highly-anticipated conflict thus far of the World Cup.

Pakistan has upped the ante with a TV advert, satirising an Indian pilot who grew to become a nationwide hero after he was captured in February when tensions between the 2 international locations have been excessive.

He was later launched as “a gesture of peace”.

The incident, which occurred quickly after greater than 40 Indian paramilitaries have been killed in a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir, introduced the 2 international locations to the brink of battle and escalated feelings in India.

When the pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, was launched, he received a hero’s welcome in India.

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Media captionWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to Indian officers close to a border crossing with Pakistan

Within the advert, an actor sports activities an India cricket jersey and a particular handlebar moustache like Mr Varthaman.

It goes on to recreate an “interrogation” video of Mr Varthaman that was launched by Pakistan shortly after his seize.

Within the authentic video, Mr Varthaman will be heard refusing to reply questions on his squadron and mission with the road: “I am sorry, I am not alleged to inform you that.”

Within the tv advert, the “pilot” remains to be refusing to present info. However this time it is in response to questions in regards to the upcoming cricket match, comparable to particulars about who’s going to be within the Indian staff, whereas sipping a cup of tea. It ends with the actor being “dismissed” after which advised to depart the “cup” behind – an apparent play on the World Cup trophy.

However whereas the advert is clearly meant to be a tongue-in-cheek tackle a latest India-Pakistan incident, it has struck a nerve in India, with many on social media calling it “insensitive” and “shameful”.

However whereas many denounced the advert for its “mocking” tone, others have seen some humour in it.

A couple of customers have additionally requested India to take the advert in its stride and retaliate by profitable the match towards Pakistan.

It is clear that passions are working excessive earlier than the hotly-anticipated match which is because of happen on Sunday in Manchester’s Outdated Trafford stadium. It’s set to be attended by 1000’s of ardent Indian and Pakistani followers.

However seeing as a slew of latest World Cup matches have been cancelled on account of wet climate within the UK, it might be fairly ironic if this recreation can also be washed out – particularly because it has had such a dramatic warm-up.