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Tea is fantastic: DG ISI Faiz Hameed’s Kabul visit reminds India

Pakistani Twitter users are trolling the Indian government and media as they share pictures of DG ISI General Faiz Hameed. He is heading the Pakistani delegation in Kabul.

Netizens share picture of DG ISI General Faiz Hameed having a tea in Kabul, Afghanistan with the popular line ‘Tea is fantastic’ on social media on Saturday. Along with the picture, netizens recalled the popular statement of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, ‘Tea is Fantastic’, after he was arrested by Pakistan Army in 2019.

Netizens have been sharing the picture with the tagline, Tea is Fantastic, particularly to mock India. Pakistani Twitter users are trolling the Indian government and media as they share pictures of DG ISI General Faiz Hameed. He is heading the Pakistani delegation in Kabul.

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According to the social media users, the teacup of DG ISI symbolizes the defeat of the Indian government in Afghanistan. DG ISI Faiz Hameed has become the top trend on Pakistan’s Twitter on Saturday.

Read more: Is ISI chief in Kabul for ‘Taliban govt’ announcement?

The senior military delegation of Pakistan, headed by Pakistan’s Intelligence (ISI) chief has landed in Kabul for talks with the Afghan Taliban. ISI Chief Lt Gen Faiz Hamid will hold key meetings on cooperation with his counterpart chief Najibullah.

 

The visit has sparked great interest across the region and perhaps the world, given that the Taliban are expected to announce their government any time. Earlier it was believed that an interim government will be announced on Friday but there was a deadlock between various factions of the Taliban and internal talks continue and it is believed that Pakistan’s DG ISI has come to hold meetings with his counterpart Najibullah and the Taliban.

Indian Reaction to DG ISI visit to Kabul

Indian media outlets are framing a visit by Pakistan’s DG ISI as a power show and have suddenly rebooted their old smear campaign stating that the Taliban are under Pakistani influence.

The Hindustan Times contextualized this meeting by quoting India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla who said that Pakistan has “supported and nurtured” the Taliban that replaced the elected government. However it is no secret that the Indian government itself is desperate to reach out to the Taliban – and early recognition of Taliban-led Kabul by New Delhi can not be ruled out.

Read more: What will be America’s new strategy for Afghanistan?

Perhaps to counter, the smear campaign of Indian media, Pakistani netizens have made ‘Tea is Fantastic’ a top trend on Twitter.