Pakistan’s ‘spy pigeons’ and panicky India

By: Maqbool Ahmad      Published: 10:33 PM, 25 May, 2020
Pakistan’s ‘spy pigeons’ and panicky India
This is how a Pakistani 'spy pigeon' may look like.–File photo

Indian security forces on Monday caught a pigeon in the Kathua District of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on the suspicion that it was flown across the Line of Control (LoC) by Pakistan for spying.

The pigeon is being ‘investigated’ for its Pakistan connection and most probably it will remain under strict scrutiny of Indian security experts for the next few days.

This is not the first time panicky India has resorted to such an act.

In 2018, India claimed to have caught a ‘Pakistani spy pigeon’. Indian officials said they found the pigeon near the Pakistan-India border with “markings on its body” in Urdu language.

Basically, a teenager from Manwal Village near the border found the ‘Pakistani spy’ and took it to the nearest police station where it was X-rayed. Although nothing suspicious was found on the ‘spy’, police kept it in custody and logged as a “suspected spy” in the area’s official police diary.

The news spread on the social media quickly and users couldn’t get enough of the feathered ‘spy’ in Indian custody.

The news of a Pakistani ‘spy’ pigeon’s arrest in India made headlines not only in Pakistan and India, but also in the international media. World’s known media houses like BBC and Aljazeera reported the ‘Indian achievement’ in their own style.

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Even American comedian Jeremy McLellan @JeremyMcLellan could not stop himself from commenting on how the Indian authorities had ‘foiled Pakistan’s attempt to spy on the border’. Jeremy tweeted: “Another one of my agents captured behind enemy lines. We will not forget you.”

In response to Jeremy’s tweet, twitter user @iamMir_ expressed his sarcasm in these words: “Should be awarded a medal by the govt of Pakistan for passing into the enemy lines and sharing top secret details with us. Your sacrifice for the nation will long be remembered Mr. Pigeon 007 from elite Spy Regiment.”

Another twitter user, @TheEagle_PDF, came forward with his fine sense of humour after the arrest of the Pakistan’s ‘spy pigeon’. He wrote: “Unfortunately, we lost one of our brave captain ghutargoo from suicide squad, to the legends of #Indian authorities. We will remember you as a hero and will remember your services forever....”