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From pigeons to students: India’s never ending fear of ‘Pakistani Spies’

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Two Pakistani students on Monday rubbished claims by Indian police and media which accused them of having crossed the border and labelled them terrorists.

The students, who are enrolled in a madressah in Faisalabad, said this in a press conference along with the madressah head Shahid Aziz.

Aziz said that Nadeem and Tayyab had gone to attend the Raiwind Ijtemah in Lahore after which they went to see the flag-hoisting ceremony at Wagah Border. There they snapped pictures, which were taken up by the Indian police, who put up their posters and asked the public to remain cautious of the terrorists.

Two Pakistani students on Monday rubbished claims by Indian police and media which accused them of having crossed the border and labeled them terrorists.

“We want to assure people that the two men are our students and they haven’t even been to India,” said the head of the madrassah.

He remarked that the philosophy of their institution is that students should only focus on their education. “Our students do not engage in any political or religious activism. They are not a part of any organization. Books are their only friends,” he remarked.

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One of the students, Tayyab, said that he took a picture with his friend as a memory. He said that he didn’t know how or when the picture went viral on WhatsApp. Indian news channel showing police putting up Pakistani students’ picture-Screengrab.

The students, who are enrolled in a madressah in Faisalabad, said this in a press conference along with the madressah head Shahid Aziz.

An Indian news channel can be seen showing the pictures and claiming that they are terrorists who have entered India to commit terror activities.

This incident indicates the jingoistic sentiments in India which is hell-bent upon maligning Pakistan. In past, India has also accused some ‘pigeons’ of espionage. Even fruit hasn’t been spared when Indian Punjab Police confiscated two apples on which Pakistan Zindabad was written.

Indian media is in a habit of sensationalizing events in a never-ending battle to increase their viewership. It’s better for the Indian media to verify its stories to avoid being embarrassed.

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