After the Indian government has accused an innocent pigeon of being a Pakistani spy, the owner of the said pigeon has shown his outrage at the baseless accusation. A resident of Bagga-Shakargarh village, situated along the Sialkot Working Boundary, Habibullah, said he was the owner of this pigeon India recently “arrested”.
He said the pigeon was an innocent pet bird and was a symbol of peace, love and tolerance, while residents of Bagga protested against the arrest of the pet. The pigeon, “with a prominent pink patch and a tag on its leg”, was logged at the police station as a “suspected Pakistani spy”, said NDTV.
According to the report, police records show that the pigeon flew into the house of a woman in Chadwal area, who caught it and handed it over to the BSF. Police quoted the woman as saying that the pigeon had a ring round its foot that had numbers inscribed on it.
The report said that the pigeon is being suspected of being part of an “espionage attempt from Pakistan” and that an investigation has been launched into the matter. Habibullah on the other hand said that on Eid he flew several pigeons to celebrate the occasion in his village.
He said the second pigeon of the pair was with him. “Yes, this is my pet pigeon as it can never be a spy or a terrorist,” he said. He said his village was about 4km from Indian Territory, adding that he had fixed rings around the feet of his pigeons. The villager said he had specially gotten his mobile number inscribed on the rings.
“Full protocol and due respect”, is what Habibullah demands from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said India should avoid such blame games and refrain from victimising innocent birds. He also urged the world to take notice of India’s “highhandedness”.