Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to greet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday has received largely positive reactions from the world press, which saw it as a thaw in the Indo-Pak ties. But one agitated Pakistani reporter in Lahore had a bone to pick with the large Indian contingent.
In a video that has now gone viral, a journalist identified as Qaiser Khokhar from the Pakistani news channel City 42 is outraged that Modi's entourage had landed in Pakistan without visa.
Touching his ears and repeating the phrase 'tauba tauba' (which can be roughly translated to 'God forbid!'), Khokhar slams Modi for bringing such a large entourage. Most of the PM’s entourage stayed within the airport premises but Khokhar seemed oblivious to that. The over-reacting reporter said this was an outrageous act in an 'independent country with its own constitution'.
One of the funny things about the reporter and the video is perhaps the fact that every time Khokhar says 'tauba tauba' his colleagues seen sitting around him in the news room, burst out laughing.
Twitter was full of hilarious reactions to the video:
Hard to stop laughing.
— Sami Lodhi (@SamiMrLodhi) December 26, 2015
I am sure by now everyone has watched the famous City 42 reporter beeper on recent visit of Indian PM in Lahore #TaubaTauba :p :p
— Arooj Zahra (@ArooojZahra) December 26, 2015
— VIBHUTI (@victorvibhu) December 26, 2015
"Tauba Tauba" has gone viral like "Chand Nawab! " Soon Qaisar Khokhar will be starring in a Bollywood!
— Saqlain Imam (@imam1) 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
According to a report in The Indian Express, Modi's entourage of 120 people, did not enter the country -- they stayed within the airport premises. Only national security advisor Ajit Doval, foreign secretary, S Jaishanker and Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup accompanied Modi to Sharif’s residence for high tea.
Modi made a surprise stopover in Pakistan on Friday to meet Sharif -- the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade. Reportedly, the visit was requested by Modi just hours earlier, before he flew back home from Afghanistan.
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