“Tell a lie hundred times and it becomes the truth”. This is what Pakistan Army actually believes in. The Pakistan Army has a
special wing, Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DGISPR) headed by an officer of the rank of Major General, whose sole aim is to spread false narrative and propaganda against India. DGISPR has a structured organization to exploit various
social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and so on to proliferate misinformation and mobilize public opinion to its advantage. It is believed that ISPR has approximately 25000 Fake Social Media Accounts involved in false propaganda to mislead
the world community as well as its own “awam”. The Pakistan Army is always desperately trying to make the awam believe in the myth that India is their permanent enemy and they are the only savior of the nation, a narrative on which the very existence
was based since its inception in 1947. Despite losing all four wars including 1971 war where the country got divided into two parts and Bangladesh got liberated, and a number of military coups in the country, Pakistan Army somehow has managed to hold on this
preception till today. But with the advent in digital domain and ever increasing transparency, it has become increasingly difficult for them to keep this false perception of “savior of the nation” intact. Thus the Pakistan army was left with no
other option but to switch to a fifth dimension of warfare – the information warfare.
The Hashtag Warfare
In order to spread lies and misguided news at different levels from their 25,000 fake accounts, ISPR has created a number of groups such as :
#TeamInsafiansPowerOfficial, #TeamInsaaf, #TeamIK, #Team_OfficialPakistan, #TeamPakZindabad and, #PakistanCyberForce to name a few. These
groups have several fake accounts operating them. Apart from these, there are several other small groups that are created temporarily for specific event or activity. A little light is thrown on the themes and modus operandi of these groups:-
- The first group is #TeamInsafiansPowerOfficial, operating the handle “@InsafiansPower1” whose task is to deface Indian Army and
Government of India and spreads # which promotes Pakistan Army and Imran khan in a good light. The team leader of the group is Faisal Khan “@Faisal__kp1”. They consider themselves to be working for the PTI and Imran Khan.