Indian Prime Minister’s recent impromptu visit to his Pakistani counterpart on December 25 has evoked many strong emotions, but none have reacted quite as strongly as this Pakistani reporter. The City 42 reporter, whose name seems to be Qaiser Khokhar, was very upset that the 120 people who accompanied PM Modi were allowed in without visas… “Tauba tauba! (God forbid)” In a news report on Modi’s sudden visit to Lahore, Khokhar was outraged that an independent country with its own Constitution, law and assembly would allow so many people in without visas.
Though most of the PM’s entourage stayed within airport premises, national security advisor Ajit Doval, foreign secretary, S Jaishanker and Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup accompanied the Indian PM to Nawaz Sharif’s residence for high tea. This minor fact escaped the reporter’s notice as he kept repeating the phrase “Tauba Tauba” to show his disapproval, much to the amusement of his colleagues, who were enjoying his piece-to-camera in the background.
Pakistani media and media men have a propensity to become subjects of mass attention themselves. Previously it was reporter ‘Chand Nawab’ (who even got himself an imitator in Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bajrangi Bhaijaan), and now it’s City 42’s Khokhar.
The video, which has been uploaded on YouTube, has gone viral, with the usual Twitter birds tweeting out their reactions. Such is the popularity of “Tauba Tauba” that #taubatauba was trending in Karachi on December 26.
— Trendsmap Karachi (@TrendsKarachi) December 26, 2015
Here are some of the reactions:
— Saqlain Imam (@imam1) December 26, 2015
— beena sarwar (@beenasarwar) December 26, 2015
— VIBHUTI (@victorvibhu) December 26, 2015
I think this news channel guy who did #TaubaTauba did this intentionally and purposely; wanted to get fame, popularity like Chand Nawab.
— Ashar Jawad (@AsharJawad) December 26, 2015
— ✧Viresh Goel✧ (@GoelViresh) December 26, 2015
hahahaha. This Pakistani reporter freaks out, on air, that the Indian delegation landed in Lahore without visas. https://t.co/MgHwrQzR4z
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) December 26, 2015