Indian Police arrested a PIA-shaped balloon in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK) on Wednesday.
The balloon was captured in the Sotra Chak village of the Hiranagar sector in IIOJK, reported Asian News International. “An aircraft-shaped balloon with ‘PIA’ written on it landed in Sotra Chak village of Hiranagar sector yesterday evening,” the media agency said. “The balloon was taken into custody by police,” the ANI added.
The airplane-shaped balloon is in white and green color with a PIA plane painted on it. According to Indian police, locals reported after they saw the balloon. The police have taken the balloon under custody and are currently investigating.
An aircraft-shaped balloon with 'PIA' written on it landed in Sotra Chak village of Hiranagar sector yesterday evening. The balloon was taken into custody by police: Jammu and Kashmir Police pic.twitter.com/GVGWmhesYl
— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2021
Pakistani netizens started trolling as soon as the news spread on social media. Social media users added that with claims of catching spy pigeons and balloons, India has become the laughing stock in the world.
This is not the first time such incidents have happened. Incidents of Indian forces claiming to have caught spy pigeons coming from Pakistan have been reported earlier.
Pakistan has also reported shooting down quadcopters entering from LOC in the premises of Pakistan. Earlier, this year Pakistan had claimed to have shot down a quadcopter. “The quadcopter intruded 500 meters on Pakistan’s side of LoC,” the military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement. The LoC is a de facto border that divides the disputed Himalayan valley between the two nuclear neighbors.
It was the second quadcopter shot down by Pakistan in the last three days, the statement added.
“The unprovoked act was responded befittingly wherein own troops shot down the quadcopter,” ISPR had said.
According to the military’s media wing, Pakistan’s border troops shot down 16 Indian quadcopters along the LoC last year amid escalating tensions between the two rivals, which are locked in a slew of disputes, mainly Kashmir.
Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir are held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.