JAMMU, INDIA | The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has announced this morning that it had arrested a donkey working for the Pakistani secret services while it was attempting to cross the border to enter Indian Kashmir.
BSF Director General KK Sharma met the media this morning to announce that border guards had captured a donkey who was believed to have been used by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to smuggle communication equipment.
According to him, the donkey was “filled” with hi-tech radio and encrypting equipment meant to be recuperated by an ISI agent in India.
“Our agents have detected that the animal had some metal in its digestive system, which made them suspicious.”
General Sharma says the donkey will undergo a surgery to remove the unidentified metallic objects from his stomach.
“It is possible that he just swallowed nails or other trash, but we can’t take that kind of risk”
The animal was covered by an odd-looking “radio-jamming” suit to prevent any possible electronic equipment inside the animal for transmitting or receiving any types of commands or pieces of information.
BSF Director General KK Sharma says his troops have to remain vigilant as the Pakistani secret services frequently try to get men, animals, and goods across the border.
The arrest once again sparked tensions in the region, as the Pakistani government vehemently denied having anything to do with the arrested donkey.
According to Mr. Mohammed Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson of the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian authorities are “completely paranoid” and are “harassing innocent people and animals”.
“They have been shooting birds and wild animals that cross the border for many years. They harass pack animals with detectors of all kind, as if we were desperate enough to hire donkeys and mules as spies.”
Mr. Zakaria says the Indian authorities’ accusations are insulting meant to “provoke Pakistan and destabilize the region”.
An increased number of soldiers and border agents was already present today on both sides of the borders, and the animals who attempted to cross were submitted to an array of scans inspections.
Indian border guards regularly use various detectors to scan donkeys and other animals that cross the border, but the measures were considerably increased today at all border checkpoints.
It isn’t uncommon for animals to be arrested at the Indo-Pakistani border.
Last year, Indian police seized 437 pigeons on suspicion that they were being used for espionage by Pakistan. X-rayed it to check for any spy camera, transmitter or hidden chip.
Most of them were X-rayed to check for any spy camera, transmitter or hidden chip.
Most of these animals turn out to be innocent, but a few have turned out to be extremely suspicious.
A pigeon captured last year had a message attached to one of its leg threatening the Indian prime minister.
In 2013, Indian security forces also found a dead falcon fitted with a small camera.
Despite the constant Indian accusations, none of these animals were ever proven to have had any links to the Pakistani government or secret services.