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India catches 'Pakistani spy pigeon'

The ‘suspicious’ bird was caught on the Indo-Pak border and Twitter reacted

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Indian officials said on Monday, June 11, that the bird was found near the Indo-Pak border with “markings on its body” that were partly in Urdu,reported the BBC news channel. Image for illustrative purposes only.
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Dubai: India has claimed to have caught a ‘Pakistani spy pigeon’ and social media is finding it hilarious.

Indian officials said on Monday, June 11, that the bird was found near the Indo-Pak border with “markings on its body” that were partly in Urdu,reported the BBC news channel.

A teenager from the village of Manwal, close to the border, found and took the pigeon to the nearest police station where the creature was X-rayed.

Although nothing suspicious was found on the bird, the police have kept it in custody and it has apparently been logged as a “suspected spy” in the area’s official police diary.

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

American comedian Jeremy McLellan with the Twitter handle, @JeremyMcLellan, posted: “Another one of my agents captured behind enemy lines. We will not forget you.”

Replying to McLellan, Twitter user @iamMir_ took the opportunity to exercise his sarcasm. He wrote: “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.”

Tweep @TheEagle_PDF joked: “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....”

However, some tweeps did not find the ordeal funny.

Tania Saeed or @taniasaeed tweeted: “This is not satire, no. I wish it was satire but no. We really have fallen down the rabbit hole. Come on earthlings, we can do better. (I do feel bad for the pigeon)…”

Such incidents are not uncommon between the two South Asian states. Indian authorities have captured ‘Pakistani spy pigeons’ several times, and it has become an ongoing joke on social media.

Earlier this year, in April, Twitter user @zaineyy_ had asked: “How Indian are you?” To which, another user, @Saniyazing replied: “I arrest [a] pigeon thinking it’s a Pakistani spy.”

 

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