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softail

An intrepid Pakistani ‘spy’ pigeon is facing a life behind bars in India.

The allegation was made after Geeta Devi, a resident of the Kathua district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reported a bird - painted pink and carrying a coded ring tagged to its foot - flew into her home on Sunday night.

The Indian Border Security Force passed the pigeon on to the police, who launched an investigation and logged the animal as a ‘Pak Suspected Spy.’

Officials in Kathua said the bird had flown across the border and they would try to decipher the message.

“The pigeon, suspected to have been trained in Pakistan for spying, has a ring with alphabets and numbers written on it,” a police source told the Times of India.

“Though birds have no boundaries and many fly across international borders during migration, a coded ring tagged to the captured pigeon’s body is a cause for concern as migratory birds don’t have such rings.”

India and Pakistan have fought four wars since independence and tension between the two neighbours remains high.

It is not the first time India has claimed Pakistan has used pigeons to deliver secret messages.

In 2015, the Indian authorities captured a bird that had crossed the border and was found to have a message written on its feathers in Urdu - the national language of Pakistan.

To the disbelief of the international community, the bird was x-rayed and ruffled enough feathers to be also logged as a ‘suspected spy’ by police.

According to the police in Kathua, birds are commonly used to send secret messages across the border as they do not typically arouse suspicion.

However, he added the latest suspect would remain in a cage in a police station until the conclusion of the investigation.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/india-detains-pigeon-suspicion-spying-095532625.html

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sierra01

I thought April 1st had gone?

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HongKongPhooey

So India accuses Pakistan of fowl play? They better have their ducks in a row before making such accusations.

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Pakistani villager urges India to return 'spy' pigeon

A Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying.

The man, who lives just 4km (2.5 miles) from the border, said he flew his pigeons to celebrate Eid festival.

Police said the pigeon had a ring on one of its legs, inscribed with a code that they were trying to decipher.

The Pakistani villager, who claims the arrested pigeon is his, says the code is actually his mobile phone number.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper has identified the man as Habibullah and reports that he owns a dozen pigeons.

Habibullah told the paper that his pigeon was a "symbol of peace"and India should "refrain from victimising innocent birds".

Villagers captured the bird on Monday along the international border in Indian-administered Kashmir and handed it over to the police.

The Kashmir region is claimed by both India and Pakistan, and is the scene of regular military exchanges between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

This is not the first time a pigeon flying from Pakistan has landed in trouble with Indian officials.

In May 2015, a white pigeon was arrested after it was spotted by a 14-year-old boy in a village close to the border.

And in October 2016, another pigeon was taken into custody after it was found with a note threatening the Indian prime minister.

The two nations have been rivals for a long time, with the last full war between them taking place in 1971.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pakistani-villager-urges-india-return-115659737.html

 

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SkyMan
2 hours ago, softail said:

A Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying.

Sorry, but it knows too much.

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HeyMike

I can not verify this, but rumor has it the pigeon had information about a coo.

(ok...ok... my apologies).

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HongKongPhooey
9 hours ago, HeyMike said:

 

I can not verify this, but rumor has it the pigeon had information about a coo.

 

Are you saying he was actually trying to curry favour with the Indians?  Pakistan will surely accept naan of that.

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HeyMike
3 hours ago, HongKongPhooey said:

Are you saying he was actually trying to curry favour with the Indians?  Pakistan will surely accept naan of that.

 

Indubitably.

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