Trust No One: In This Country, Even the Pigeons Are Spies


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Source: Agence France-Presse

Source: Agence France-Presse

Carrier pigeons still exist and authorities in India are well aware of the winged culprits.

A “Pakistani pigeon” was claimed to be arrested by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), suspected of espionage for having a Pakistani message written on its wings addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


As of late, relations between Pakistan and India, both of which have nuclear weapons, have strained.

Last week, India claimed to carry out surgical strikes, which are targeted military attacks meant to cause minimal collateral damage, on temporary militant camps in Pakistani territory.

On Sunday, a senior police official spotted a gray pigeon flying near a BSF post, carrying a letter written in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language, according to the Press Trust of India. The bird was flying above Baminal village in Punjab.

Inspector Ramesh Kumar from the BSF said they are investigating the situation and that the alleged criminal-bird has been taken into “custody.”

Suspicion is not to be taken lightly, as just a day earlier two balloons were recovered also carrying a message, which read, “Modi, do not consider us the same people as we were during 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India.”

And it was just a year ago when another pigeon was taken into custody, allegedly stamped with a message and carrying a wire-like object which caused authorities in India to ponder its journey from who-knows-where into Pathankot village in Punjab.

If there is anything to be taken away from this – trust no pigeon.


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