After pigeons, India takes PIA balloon into custody in occupied Kashmir
In a bizarre turn of events, authorities in Indian-occupied Kashmir have seized a plane-shaped balloon bearing the name of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Indian news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.
The report said that it was initially spotted by locals in the village who informed the police. Authorities have seized the balloon, while the matter is under police investigation.
It wasn’t immediately known where the balloon came from.
With ties between Pakistan and India at a particularly low point, objects and animals crossing over the border have been seized by Indian authorities in recent years, who view them with suspicion.
In 2015, a pigeon was captured by Indian forces for crossing the Indo-Pak border into India’s Pathankot area.
Last year in May, Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) claimed to have captured another “Pakistani spy pigeon” and handed it over to police in occupied Kashmir. A Pakistani villager later said he was the owner of the pigeon and refuted the allegation of it being “a spy or a terrorist”.