How Kerala Man’s Letter To Prime Minister Modi Made Pakistan’s ISI  Issue Earthquake WarningA banner bearing the image of the country’s ISI Chief Lt General Zaheer Islam. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

A letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a man from Kerala who claims to have extrasensory perception (ESP) may have set off alarm bells in Pakistan on 12 October, Times of India has reported. The letter, written by Babu Kalayil belonging to an extrasensory perception organisation called BK Research Association for ESP, had predicted a cataclysmic tsunami by the end of 2017.

While the prediction made in the letter was laughed off by the Indian media, it whipped up panic in Pakistan’s security establishment as it went viral on social media. Kalayil’s letter was based on his ‘sixth sense’ and not on scientific findings. The letter, which was riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes, made the terror-sponsoring Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which has nothing to do with prediction of a natural calamity, issue an earthquake warning.

According to BBC, Pakistan’s terror-sponsoring intelligence agency – the ISI –  soon jumped into action, taking over the role of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) of the country. Even before the Pakistani agency designated for this role could take notice of the letter, the ISI issued a circular to the ERRA – the body responsible for disaster management – informing it of a massive underwater earthquake in the Indian Ocean.

“An Information Report has been received from DG, Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] that there is, reportedly, likelihood of [a] large scale earthquake, as being expected, in the Indian Ocean in near future which may vigorously shake the Asian continental areas, including Pakistan. There is, therefore, a need to sensitise concern[ed] departments to be on [the] vigil and take care of any natural disaster…,” the circular issued by the infamous agency read.

According to reports in Pakistan media, the country’s meteorological department went as far as to consult experts in Japan about the possibility of an earthquake.

According to department chief Dr Ghulam Rasool, experts from Japan informed him that there is no technology available to predict earthquakes in advance.

“I contacted Japanese experts after this prediction but they were not aware of any technology which could tell about an earthquake in advance,” he said.

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