Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat cautioned that Pakistan may instigate violence in the Jammu and Kashmir to internationalize the J&K issue. “From the rhetoric and false information campaign launched by Pakistna, it is evident they are likely to create a situation to instigate violence.”
He explained that the violence will then be used to project internationally, the narrative that the of J&K are protesting against the removal of special status to the region.
Since August 5, Pakistan has launched a vicious “information warfare” campaign in the cyber domain. For instance, days after the Parliament stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, a twitter handle claiming to be that of India’s Vice-Chief of Army Staff underlined human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Similarly, in the last fortnight alone, several fake social media posts have tried to create unrest in the valley. The cyber wing of the government has identified as many as 10 handles on the social media impersonating as Northern Army Commander and even the Chief of Army Staff.
“We must gradually allow the people to appreciate the benefits that will accrue to them with the actions were taken by the government. Curbs on social media will prevent the spread of disinformation and therefore our actions should be calibrated,” General Rawat said.