New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath government received an unexpected piece of praise on Twitter from a senior Pakistani Journalist who compared Pakistan's COVI19 handling with Uttar Pradesh (state with comparable population size to Pakistan) and found the latter better than his own native country.

Fahd Hussain, the resident editor of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper who anchors ‘In Focus’ news show, took to Twitter on Sunday and compared Pakistan's COVID handling with the Indian states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Hussain, however, found Pakistan's COVID handling giving better results than Maharashtra through a graphical representation, but Uttar Pradesh was found to be doing better than Pakistan according to him.

Fahd, while implying Uttar Pradesh's COVID handling model as a benchmark of sorts, said that, “we (Pakistan) must know what UP did right and Maharashtra did wrong to learn the right lessons”.

"While Indian state of UP has lower mortality rate than Pakistan, Maharashtra has higher rate despite younger population & higher GDP/capita. We must know what UP did right & Maharashtra did wrong to learn right lessons," Fahd wrote on Twitter.

This estranged Pakistani stamp of approval on Uttar Pradesh's COVID handling evoked mixed reactions on Twitter.

"This is huge. Lots of #respect for you sir. Let me confess, I wouldn’t have shared this data. It's high time government started thinking not all criticism is just to drag them down. They must follow what is right irrespective of who said it," wrote one user.

A user stated the fact that the state of Maharashtra alone has done far more COVID testing than the complete Pakistan, and implied towards spike in COVID cases like that.

"Majority of the people in UP are mature & responsible, they maintained social distance & kept themselves safe. This is what most of the countries are doing," another user wrote.

Pakistan has detected over 100,000 confirmed COVID cases, with fatality figure a little more than 2,000, according to the data available on Johns Hopkins University's COVID-tracker.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta