Pakistan using social-media to mobilize Kashmiri youth toward terrorism: Army
(Sourced from PTI)
The general officer commanding-in-chief of the northern command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said yesterday that the Pakistani army has been using social media to mobilize support among the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to stir them towards terrorism. He said that terrorist infrastructure continues to remain intact in PoK and Pakistan and that the country is trying to disrupt peace in Kashmir. Here's more.
Singh said Pakistan is trying to develop narratives to alter public opinion in Kashmir to disrupt peace and stability. "We are seized of this concern," he said, adding that the Pakistani army has been exploiting social media platforms to influence the youth of the Valley to join terrorism. "Radicalization is not only a concern in India but a global concern," he further said.
However, Singh said that the Indian Army has developed effective counter-terrorism capabilities and the fight against terrorism has now entered "an important phase". "We're using technology and artificial-based solutions to counter the message, so that youth don't fall prey to the designs of the Pakistan army," he said. The General said that he hopes to see peace, prosperity, and development in the state.
Replying to a question on America's proposed pullout of troops from Afghanistan, the officer said the Indian Army and all agencies are keeping a close watch on the developments. "We are prepared for any contingency," he said, referring to possible infiltration by Afghan-based terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir. He said options for another "surgical strike" on terrorist bases are open.
"Surgical strikes were a tactical operation to give a strategic message that Indian Army has the capability to do acts which are unpredictable," Singh said, adding, "We were successful in conveying that message." On the investigation into sepoy Aurangzeb's killing in south Kashmir last year, he said, "We got information that one or two jawans intentionally or unknowingly passed information about his movement."
Singh further said, "Perhaps the terrorists picked up the news and took benefit of it." He said a probe is going on. Aurangzeb was abducted by terrorists from Pulwama. His bullet-riddled body was found on June 14 in Srinagar on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.