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Skyfall: Dead falcon sparks spying fears on Pakistan-India border

Published Apr 15, 2013 02:23pm


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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 Apr 15, 2013 09:32am
ha ha...good satire :-)
Reality Check Apr 15, 2013 09:48am
I can't stop laughing at the line, "Indian police detained a pigeon."
naeem Apr 15, 2013 09:51am
besides all... what a beautiful Allah's creature
lahoriates2013 Apr 15, 2013 09:52am
Please return if found :)
Sayeed Altaf Hussein Apr 15, 2013 09:57am
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.
Amin Apr 15, 2013 10:35am
india just want an attention of world which is towards Pakistan, Pakistan is playing a key role in decision of the world
Syed Hydar Apr 15, 2013 10:40am
India and her phobia with Pakistan-LOL-Too much bollywood i reckon.
pakone Apr 15, 2013 10:48am
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?
human Apr 15, 2013 11:20am
I am surprised that you are laughing an happy in in Pakistan
Danish Khan Apr 15, 2013 11:23am
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."
G.A. Apr 15, 2013 11:50am
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,
PakHigh1 Apr 15, 2013 11:58am
There are some people, who are born unfocused! Not talking about you just explaining a metaphore
Stranger Apr 15, 2013 12:29pm
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.
SV Apr 15, 2013 12:29pm
Hollywood obsessed Indian media needed some attention. Lol
Tuglaq Apr 15, 2013 12:49pm
reported in Pak, not Indian press. So who is being taken for a ride?
lahoriates2013 Apr 15, 2013 01:06pm
They are as happy as anyone else in their homes, while people are not happy about their happiness
Abdul Apr 15, 2013 01:14pm
whole Pakistani politicians are unrest symbols there.
khalid Apr 15, 2013 01:34pm
talk about the pigeon, Mr. human
EtTu Apr 15, 2013 02:26pm
As opposed to women and dalits who are giddy with joy living in India
hasan Apr 15, 2013 02:43pm
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...
Sohail Apr 15, 2013 02:50pm
And they are waterboarding to find out more, but did not say anything, pretending to be an innocent. Liar pigeon.
Vigilant Apr 15, 2013 03:58pm
esskay Apr 15, 2013 04:03pm
Its also hilarious that this news in only on pakistani news channels and not on any indian ones. Fabrication much?
KP Apr 15, 2013 04:05pm
Appreciate your sense of humor...the whole thing makes me laugh.
KP Apr 15, 2013 04:07pm
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.
Khota Apr 15, 2013 10:17pm
They need it back as well. You know it costs Rs 50 per bird.
Khota Apr 15, 2013 10:18pm
Return with love.
Khota Apr 15, 2013 10:19pm
Learn to enjoy life. Not kill it, by snobbery.
Chanakya Apr 16, 2013 01:52am
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?
Afaq Apr 16, 2013 02:43am
love letter across the border
Indain Apr 16, 2013 03:23am
Hahaha LOL
ariesamit01Aries Apr 16, 2013 03:35am
Nice try! The paki airforce can afford a falcon and a pigeon at least! LOL!
Pakistani Apr 16, 2013 05:39am
Pakistani Apr 16, 2013 05:51am
The 'Indian Air Farce' must be on 'High Alert' as they never miss an opportunity to shoot down unarmed flying objects.
Affan Apr 16, 2013 05:54am
Quite unique and Creative ways of Spying... I guess the Caught animals should have a fair trial too !
Pakistani Apr 16, 2013 06:03am
An enemy, who is scared of pigeons well what do you expect people to do cry!
Jeet Apr 16, 2013 06:13am
Its INDIAN AIR FORCE my dear and what its costing the exchequer is no farce.
Jeet Apr 16, 2013 06:19am
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.
KhanChangezKhan Apr 16, 2013 06:27am
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.
Alan Apr 16, 2013 06:41am
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 i see...they cant even manufacture a spy robot / hire a spy...They are going back in Mahabharta age rather than going in peace Pakistan..You will me missed!!
khan Apr 16, 2013 08:20am
now this is aewsome! 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...
Mahgul Apr 16, 2013 08:26am
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....
shabbzz Apr 16, 2013 10:45am
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" !!!
SB Apr 16, 2013 12:56pm
Kabootar ja ja ja.. remember a old song :)
Deepak Apr 16, 2013 04:51pm
LOL...Obviously you don't know anything about military spying.
Deepak Apr 16, 2013 05:01pm
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.