India's Surgical Strikes Have Provoked Some Truly Bizarre Responses From Across The Border

Pigeon with a threatening message, really?

04/10/2016 12:34 PM IST | Updated 04/10/2016 4:31 PM IST
NGT website screenshot

A pigeon carrying a threatening message, the hacking of a green tribunal's website, the banning of all Indian channels in Pakistan - India's surgical strike on terror bases across the Line of Control has provoked some truly bizarre responses from across the border.

On Monday, the National Green Tribunal was hacked by a group called 'D4RK 4NG31' as revenge for the surgical strikes on September 29. "We are Unbeatable. You...kill innocent people in Kashmir and call your self defenders of your country. You...violate the ceasefire on border and call it 'Surgical Strikes'. Now, kiss the burn of Cyber War," was the message left by the group on the NGT website, with the Pakistan's national anthem playing the background.

It wasn't immediately clearly how hacking the website of a tribunal dealing with environment-related cases constitutes revenge for the surgical strikes against terror bases across the LoC.

Then, there was the pigeon carrying a threatening note for Prime Minister Narendra Modi from across the border. The note, recovered from the pigeon in Pathankot, said, "Modi, we're not the same people from 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India."

The Punjab police, which took the pigeon into custody, suspect that the note was from Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Earlier, two balloons with a message for Modi were found in a village near Dinanagar in Punjab."Modiji, Ayub ki talwarein abhi hamare paas hain, Islam zindabad (The swords of Ayub are still with us. Long live Islam)," said the note attached to the balloons.

Meanwhile, hackers from across the border have taken to tapping into the frequencies used by Indian pilots to communicate with Air Traffic Control, and they are playing Pakistani patriotic songs while flights are coming in for landing at airports located near the Line of Control.

Having songs such 'Dil, dil Pakistan, jaan jaan Pakistan' blaring into cockpits is a "big irritant" when pilots are in the final stage of the landing the aircraft.

While Indian pilots are being treated to patriotic Pakistani songs, theatre owners in Pakistan have banned the screening of Indian movies, and the Pakistan government has banned the airing of all Indian television channels in Pakistan.

In an equally bizarre move, Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association has banned Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from working on Indian films.

So far, Islamabad has refuted India's claim of conducting surgical strikes on terror bases across the LoC. To this end, the Pakistan government took busloads of Pakistani and foreign journalists to two spots on the Pakistan side of the LoC to highlight the absence of dead bodies and damage.

The foreign media has pointed out the limitations of a tour conducted by the Pakistani army. "The area seemed intact, but if there were more dead bodies we would have no way of knowing. We only saw what we were shown," reported the BBC.

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