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Balloons, pigeon part of Pak's 'psychological operation'

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Balloons flying in with threatening and confusing messages post the Indian Army's surgical strikes are a form of "psychological operation" being carried out by Pakistan to unsettle those living in villages along the international border (IB) in Jammu and Punjab, according to an officer of the border guarding force.

The balloons and a pigeon with messages landed in Treva in Arnia sector of Jammu district, Raipur in Samba sector, Ghesal village in Dinanagar sector and Simbal post in Bamiyal sector in Pathankot along the |IB since October 1.

"It is a type of psychological operation (Psy Ops) by people across the border to demoralise the border population and confuse security agencies", a senior BSF officer, who did not wished to be named, told PTI.

Another officer wondered if Pakistanis were using the balloons to check India's response time.

A balloon, which was carrying a message for someone to "carryout a task satisfactorily as we are sending you something," came from Pakistan and landed in Treva hamlet in the fields of Sunil on Tuesday.

"It was handed over to police by the villagers", a police officer said.

Similarly on October 2, another such balloon landed up in Raipur border hamlet in Samba and was picked up by a child.

It carried a message 'war is only revenge India', police said.

A pigeon, apparently flying in from across the border, was held after a letter written in Urdu and addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was found with it by BSF personnel at the Simbal post in Bamiyal sector in Pathankot on Sunday.

Police said the message written on a piece of paper read: "Modiji, do not consider us the same people as we were during 1971 (Indo-Pak war). Now each and every child is ready to fight against India."

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