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JAIPUR: Indian security forces have found a dead falcon fitted with a small camera which has sparked alarm near the country's highly militarised border with Pakistan, an official said Monday.

The carcass was discovered near the ancient fort city of Jaisalmer in the far west of the desert state of Rajasthan where the Indian armed forces regularly conduct drills and war games.

“It was fitted with some device and an antenna,” a senior Border Security Force officer stationed in the state told AFP by telephone on condition of anonymity.

Suspicions were initially that the bird might have been used for military spying, but the camera did not appear very sophisticated and it might instead have been the work of Pakistani hunters, the official said.

“However, the possibility of it being an espionage attempt from Pakistan cannot be ruled out at this stage,” he said, adding that an investigation was being carried out.

In 2010, Indian police detained a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission.

Local officers in Punjab state, which lies to the north of Rajasthan, said the white bird had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

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Mudassir Hussain
April 15, 2013 9:32 am
ha ha...good satire :-)
Reality Check
April 15, 2013 9:48 am
I can't stop laughing at the line, "Indian police detained a pigeon."
April 15, 2013 9:51 am
besides all... what a beautiful Allah's creature
April 15, 2013 9:52 am
Please return if found :)
Sayeed Altaf Hussein
April 15, 2013 9:57 am
This must be a joke. Pigeon detained under armed guards. Falcon spying with phone and an address stepmed on a ring. I am sure it was an inviotation from ISI to RAW for tea.
April 15, 2013 10:35 am
india just want an attention of world which is towards Pakistan, Pakistan is playing a key role in decision of the world
Syed Hydar
April 15, 2013 10:40 am
India and her phobia with Pakistan-LOL-Too much bollywood i reckon.
April 15, 2013 10:48 am
seriously can't stop laughing!! Indian officials actually think that we sent a pigeon with a lil camera to spy on them!!! Spy on what?
April 15, 2013 11:20 am
I am surprised that you are laughing an happy in in Pakistan
Danish Khan
April 15, 2013 11:23 am
wow wat a lousy job by pakistani agency, "Local officers in Punjab state, which lies to the north of Rajasthan, said the white bird had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink."
April 15, 2013 11:50 am
I lost my pet fly. In case of an accidental border crossing, I request the Indian Air Force not to shoot it down. It's only a pet. Regards,
April 15, 2013 11:58 am
There are some people, who are born unfocused! Not talking about you just explaining a metaphore
April 15, 2013 12:29 pm
I dont think this is some joke. some one wants both the countries to much more . Pak is not that foolish to send a bird with an imprinted phone number and contact details. Its done by some third party.
April 15, 2013 12:29 pm
Hollywood obsessed Indian media needed some attention. Lol
April 15, 2013 12:49 pm
reported in Pak, not Indian press. So who is being taken for a ride?
April 15, 2013 1:06 pm
They are as happy as anyone else in their homes, while people are not happy about their happiness
April 15, 2013 1:14 pm
whole Pakistani politicians are unrest symbols there.
April 15, 2013 1:34 pm
talk about the pigeon, Mr. human
April 15, 2013 2:26 pm
As opposed to women and dalits who are giddy with joy living in India
April 15, 2013 2:43 pm
India truly is the ultimate propaganda machine. Yeah right, a spy pigeon with name and address.. LOL !! It must be the pigeon of a Mohalla kid...
April 15, 2013 2:50 pm
And they are waterboarding to find out more, but did not say anything, pretending to be an innocent. Liar pigeon.
April 15, 2013 3:58 pm
April 15, 2013 4:03 pm
Its also hilarious that this news in only on pakistani news channels and not on any indian ones. Fabrication much?
April 15, 2013 4:05 pm
Appreciate your sense of humor...the whole thing makes me laugh.
April 15, 2013 4:07 pm
Cheaper than launching a spy satellite! The only useful pictures are probably of dead rats and snakes and a swift swoop to peck at carcass. Perhaps National Geographic would be interested in the pictures.
April 15, 2013 10:17 pm
They need it back as well. You know it costs Rs 50 per bird.
April 15, 2013 10:18 pm
Return with love.
April 15, 2013 10:19 pm
Learn to enjoy life. Not kill it, by snobbery.
April 16, 2013 1:52 am
Great wonder! A nation does not have it's own fate in it's hands, holds the decision making power for rest of the world?
April 16, 2013 2:43 am
love letter across the border
April 16, 2013 3:23 am
Hahaha LOL
April 16, 2013 3:35 am
Nice try! The paki airforce can afford a falcon and a pigeon at least! LOL!
April 16, 2013 5:39 am
“However, the possibility of it being an espionage attempt from Pakistan cannot be ruled out at this stage,”.....haha ....such paranoia
April 16, 2013 5:51 am
The 'Indian Air Farce' must be on 'High Alert' as they never miss an opportunity to shoot down unarmed flying objects.
April 16, 2013 5:54 am
Quite unique and Creative ways of Spying... I guess the Caught animals should have a fair trial too !
April 16, 2013 6:03 am
An enemy, who is scared of pigeons well what do you expect people to do cry!
April 16, 2013 6:13 am
Its INDIAN AIR FORCE my dear and what its costing the exchequer is no farce.
April 16, 2013 6:19 am
A respectable newspaper like Dawn should not publish such trivial stories.Although some of the comments were really amusing and witty.The Pakistan people have not not their sense of humor. Hopefully, they continue to retain their wit and manage to laugh at us and we at them but without carrying any malice to each other.
April 16, 2013 6:27 am
Nothing new. Both countries are spying each other since its independence utilising several sources techniques or sending their spies into each other countries. It is fair and inaccountable.
April 16, 2013 6:41 am
hahaha I was reading everywhere pakistan is bankrupt, pakistan railways bankrupt, poor state, failed nation etc etc...i thought these things are published because whole world hates pakistan and their extremism....now i see...they cant even manufacture a spy robot / hire a spy...They are going back in Mahabharta age rather than going forward...rest in peace Pakistan..You will me missed!!
April 16, 2013 8:20 am
now this is aewsome!...lol do check out the number! it might ring a bell in washington..loll.. Pakistan needs no such spying tactics.. India need not to detain the pegion and give it under judicial remand..once investigation will be over innocent creature will have to serve the jail for long time without having found guilty... India media rocks!...loll...
April 16, 2013 8:26 am
Lolzzz.. A pigeon & a falcon can add that much fear in India... What a dare move from Pakistan, have even stamped the address on the bird....
April 16, 2013 10:45 am
Watch out for ants crossing the border entering India !!! Ants having spy camera... Be ready for news item "Indian forces detained 5,000 ants fitted with spy camera" !!!
April 16, 2013 12:56 pm
Kabootar ja ja ja.. remember a old song :)
April 16, 2013 4:51 pm
LOL...Obviously you don't know anything about military spying.
April 16, 2013 5:01 pm
Nope...Actually its pakistan with India phobia. If it were a pakistan phobia the news were reported by Indian media....but no ...not even a single line. The word India sells more in pakistan than pakistan in India. Fact: majority(not just 51%....quite high) of Indians don't even care what pakistan do.
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