The battle today is two dimensional. It is not just physical territory but Cyberspace (Information Warfare, Cyber Warfare, Propaganda tactics, Psy
warfare, Sockpuppetry) has become a major challenge. It is capable of changing the dynamics and this is well understood by armies around the world.
"However, a high ranking Pakistani officer who has a following of 1.46 million in Pakistan is seen propagating a tweet insulting a national flag reflects very poorly on the ethos of Pakistan Army. The message which he has percolated
down the domestic audience negates all efforts of resolving the existing differences between the two Asian nuclear-armed states which have remained strained ever since their inception. It also trashes the narrative of Pakistan that it is a victim of terrorism
since a senior officer is openly using terrorism as an instrument of state policy".
We live in an interdependent world where
perceptions play a key role. Such negative propaganda only reflects Pakistan as a radical and intolerant society.
As a responsible
citizen & most importantly at the helm of social media management and face of Pakistan Army, General Gafoor posts are distasteful. His tweet insulting Indian National flag, not only got backlashed in International forum but within Pakistan too. Ex Pakistan
Ambassador to America Husain Haqqani (2008-2011) too condemned this act of his. Despite such an unbecoming conduct, Pakistan Army chooses to honor him with Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), has put a question mark on the sanctity of the second highest civilian
"This most certainly ascertains Pakistan Army’s
nefarious objectives against India. If they are rewarding an officer who is stooping to the level of an extremist, there is nothing much left to prove the deep state’s role in sponsored terrorism in India".
The above incidents show that the role/aim of ISPR is of dubious nature and instead of strengthening media-cultural relations it is doing
just the opposite, in all likelihood with the blessings of the top brass who have conferred him with Hilal-i-Imtiaz.
On one hand, Maj Gen Gafoor threatens media and urges citizen of reporting cyber terror and on the other, ISPR is enticing, propagating hate among Pakistanis. It is heartening to see uniformed agencies ruthlessly flouting cyber
laws and fooling the public by initiating numerous eyewash measures like “Surfsafe”.
What does the law say? The ban on Hate speech (Sectarian/ Racial)- Preparation and Dissemination (Section 11, Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016), Ban on programs and advertisement whose content contains or encourages terrorism (Section 20-C
PEMRA Ordinance 2002) and so on…
Truth is that on everyday basis clerics
and leaders in Pakistan spew venom and preach nonsensical stuff to the young minds. Please watch the following video http://hdvidzpro.pro/video/hafeez-saeed-hate-speech-against-india going viral.