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Pakistanis mock “Tauba Tauba journalist” for causing embarrassment by hurling threats at India

LAHORE: Pakistanis are criticizing a local journalist for what they said causing embarrassment to their country by hurling threats that Pakistan can use nuclear weapons against India.

The local journalist  was mocked on social media platforms for his act which they called a “publicity stunt” at a time when tensions run high between the two nuclear armed neighbors.

The journalist associated with Lahore’s C44 channel had earlier made headlines with a similar display of what internet users say idiocy when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan.

In the latest video the reporter was angry over Indian’s reported ban on tomato export to his country.  He asked India and its people to fear Pakistan and its nuclear weapons, while repeatedly saying “Tauba Tauba”, a phrase used for dispelling a thought for fear of its consequences.

He was the second Pakistani journalist to come under criticism after Pulwama attack in Occupied Kashmir. Earlier, Kiran Naz, a Samaa TV anchor, was called out for mocking Indian prime minister Modi.

Social media users in Pakistan have laughed off  Indian threats and criticized Indian media for fuelling war hysteria.

The video of “Tauba Tauba” journalist they think has caused embarrassment to people of Pakistan as no sane person let alone a journalist would think of suggesting use of nuclear arms in a war.

The journalist was not only laughed at by social media users, but  the TV staff  sitting in his room  also seemed to mock him with their smiles and expressions.

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