The Indian media went haywire after posters and handbills with Pakistani military’s chief spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor’s photo popped up on all major roads and streets of Indian occupied Kashmir on Monday.
The posters are inscribed with Ghafoor’s message of “fight till the last soldiers and the last bullet” for the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They also carry Hurriyat workers’ prayers for the military spokesperson’s long-life.
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The freedom fighters, in posters, announced that the people of Kashmir would together push India out of their homeland, which is a paradise on earth. “The paradise cannot be an abode of brute Indian forces,” they added.
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A former Indian military commander has already praised the Pakistan Army’s media wing for employing outstanding strategy in the domain of hybrid warfare.
During his address at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in UK earlier this year, Lt Gen (r) Syed Ata Husnain acknowledged that the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) outclassed the Indian army in information war saying: “I want to give full marks to the ISPR for the information strategy it has played out”.
He said, “The ISPR did an outstanding work for Pakistan by ensuring detailed alienation of Kashmiris against Indian armed forces and Indian nation,” adding, “If anyone has ever taught us [India] about the information operation it was the ISPR… it has done a splendid job.”
Meanwhile, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has also expressed fear over Pakistan’s strategy on information warfare. He reportedly admitted, while meeting former military officers in New Delhi, that Pakistan has defeated India in hybrid warfare.
According to media reports, the Indian army chief also revealed incidents of ‘operational information’ leak last week, following which he has now warned former army officials to be careful in using social media.
Tensions have soared between the arch-rivals in recent weeks following Prime Minister Modi’s move last month to revoke the autonomy of Indian Occupied Kashmir.