Three weeks later, it feels like early summer, the flowers seem diminutive and the plumes have sprouted.
The pigeon was wearing an anklet inscribed with a series of numbers when it was captured on the Indian side of the India-Pakistan border…Because of the anklet and the sensitive area in which the bird was recovered, authorities are taking the incident very seriously. However, they have yet to decipher the message.
A Pakistani villager has since come forward as the bird’s owner. He claimed to have simply flown his pigeons to celebrate this year’s Eid-al-Fitr festival, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. He also explained that the numbers inscribed on the pigeon’s metal ring were not a code but rather his phone number.
Pakistani newspaper Dawn has since identified the man as Habibullah and confirmed that he does, indeed, own a dozen pigeons. The man told the publication that the bird was a “symbol of peace,” and that India should “refrain from victimizing innocent birds.”
Cops behaving like cops aren’t unusual anywhere. The greater the paranoia in whichever nation, the more likely is stupid or silly behavior by defenders of faith and Fatherland.
Oscar Jimenez (L) and Josh Campbell (R)
Reporter Josh Campbell described the situation in Minneapolis where a reporter was arrested live on camera…“No, I can tell you my experience has been the opposite of what Omar just experienced there. Talking to police, I identified myself. I told them who I was with. They said okay, you’re permitted to be in this area. As a vehicle came by, they asked me to step out of the street. I asked if I could move back in. They said yeah, you’re good to go. What happened to Omar was clearly a lot different and just something that we certainly haven’t seen, where a journalist identified himself covering a story has been taken into custody by the police,” Campbell said.
“Again, the police knew who our crew was, who they consisted of. They saw the camera and the live shot in progress. Omar identified himself very politely, yet they took that decision to make that arrest.”
I’m not cynical. I’m just not surprised.