New Delhi: Netizens slammed Republic TV of Arnab Goswami for its tweet before Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman rejoins his family.
Many Twitterati criticized its tweet and urged the channel to behave responsibly.
Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group also criticized the channel for celebrating before Mr. Abhinandan reached home safely.
I rarely comment on media postures. But the prime objective now is to allow our soldier to come home safely. This is not the time to jeopardise that event with such calls for celebration… Arnab, please, we must exercise restraint… https://t.co/kXgX65XcQP
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) February 28, 2019
Here are the reactions of a few other neitizens
What ever be the reason we should now appreciate he is coming back and behave responsibly
— Rohit Sharma (@TheHindu82) February 28, 2019
Why do we even have this channel?!
— Ishita Bhatia (@IshitaBhatiaTOI) February 28, 2019
Inki apni alag duniya hai..
— Manjeet (@manjeetkec) February 28, 2019
Initially I was big fan of ur channel. But seems you are big propaganda channel and not understanding timing of news. While Pak is now ready to release IAF pilot. Who is expected tomorrow morning. U r not able to stop air news of mesile loaded in their plane till tomorrow
— Shail (@Shail100472) February 28, 2019
It’s a shame we have such an irresponsible channel which will do anything to win eyeballs even if it means jeopardizing national interest
— Sanjoy Mallik (@Badsha0509) February 28, 2019
After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told the National Assembly that the captured IAF pilot will be freed on Friday as a “peace gesture”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed Pakistan’s offer.
His Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters: “The report of the release of the Indian pilot by the Pakistani authorities would be very much a welcome step. We would encourage both parties to do whatever they can to de-escalate the situation.”
It may be mentioned that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured when his MiG-21 went down in Pakistan-occupied territory.