It was apparently a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from an extrasensory perception (ESP) organisation in Kerala that kicked off alarm bells in Pakistan about a possible earthquake, according to Pakistani media reports.
On Saturday, a document from Pakistan’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) quoted an “Information Report” from the country’s intelligence agency, ISI, predicting the likelihood of a high-intensity earthquake in the Asian continental region.
It now appears that the “informational report” from Pakistan’s intelligence agency was based on a letter written by an organisation called ‘B.K. Research Association for E.S.P.’ in Kerala. The letter, riddled with grammatical and spelling mistakes, was written by the company’s director, one Babu Kalayil, and it issues “a warning for precaution” to Prime Minister Modi.
According to a report published in Pakistan daily The Express Tribune, which in turn quoted a BBC Urdu report, the letter warns about the possibility of an earthquake before Dec. 31, 2017.
The letter adds that the impact of the earthquake would be felt in 11 countries and will alter the “boundaries of sea shore.” It also predicts the possibility of a storm, “SEESHMA,” “which exist for about 120km to 180km with mighty power.”
The Kerala-based organization is known for making “predictions” based on ESP and on the movement of planetary bodies and unusual rises in temperatures. According to a post on Kalayil’s Facebook account, he has made similar predictions in the past about – “Thunder sounds coming out of Saturn’s Satellite” and “Smoke Layers flowing out from planet Jupiter.”
On Saturday, Pakistan’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, based on the ISI report, issued a circular asking for the immediate enforcement of SOPs and designated a team of officers for the task.
A copy of the circular was tweeted by the former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani.