NE- Pak used their Indian assets too!
The panic that led to the massive exodus of people from the North Eastern states had a Pakistan hand in it. The proof that India has is good enough, but the bigger point is that Pakistan has managed to replicate what it usually does in its terror campaign against India.
Sources who are part of the investigation tell rediff.com that the cyber campaign by Pakistan against India is exactly like the terror campaign that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba launched against India. The panic campaign which Pakistan launched had an Indian hand as well as some of their well wishers in India helped spread the message and ensured that it reached every corner of the country. The cyber terrorists at Pakistan used the same model that the Lashkar used to spread terror in India. The Lashkar which carried out almost all attacks on Indian soil gradually relied on Indian modules such as SIMI and the Indian Mujahideen to spread terror. What the cyber army did in Pakistan was use Indian accounts on social media sites and also some websites to spread the panic across India.
The Indian investigator’s report shows that morphed images were used and pictures and messages were uploaded through 70 sites. In addition to this, bulk messages were also sent to add to the panic.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that free wheelers in Pakistan with the support of the establishment have used the cyber space to attack developing nations like India. This was a campaign that was launched a decade ago and continues unabated till date. Pakistan tends to call these people as non state actors but we are convinced that they enjoy the support of the establishment. Creating discord and panic while disturbing communal harmony has been top on their agenda.
In the latest probe it has been found that Pakistan has been trying to create assets in India like they did with the SIMI and the IM. When the images and the messages originated out of Pakistan, there were many modules in India that grabbed this and blindly circulated it thus leading to the panic. The fact that this material was being created since July itself shows that it was a well planned operation. The Pakistan cyber army has been told to hunt for home grown modules in India. The Home grown cyber modules act as carriers of the propaganda which makes the job easier. It was also found during the agitation that many local leaders used this propaganda to fuel tensions and not to mention the scores of so called activists who blindly passed on this information without checking the veracity of the messages.
Sources say that this is probably one of the first campaigns online that Pakistan has attempted and suceeded. Although the cyber armies in Pakistan have often defaced Indian websites, this is the first time they are attempting to replicate the Lashkar module by using home grown modules to further terror.
India needs to be extremely watchful of this new tactic since the web could be a highly dangerous space as it is largely not monitored. The cyber groups in Pakistan will continue to lure many in India to create fake profiles and pages so that in the years to come they could spread panic and terror which would emerge out of the Indian servers, just the way it was done with the Indian Mujahideen. Pakistan would want even cyber terror to become self sufficient like the other form of terrorism, IB officials also say.
They are aware that creating such assets or modules in India could help them a great deal as they always want to ensure that there is panic in India but no finger should be pointed at them.
This art of false propaganda is not something new for Pakistan. Today it is happening on the web space while a 15 years back it was through pamphlets and later compact discs. Post Babri masjid and also Godhra, the Indian agencies had found loads of such pamphlets and CDs in Kashmir which contained morphed images and false messages. On verifying it was found that most of them were fake aimed at brain washing the you to take up arms against India. Ironically such material is still available online and also with some persons who subscribe to Pakistan’s version of Jihad.
The probe has further found that all through knowing fully well that the Assam conflict was an ethnic one, they tried to colour it communal. Further they also wanted some right wing groups to retaliate which would mean that there would be more panic. Irresponsible statements by some politicians, the enthusiasm by some activists, sensationalism by the media, Pakistan’s own capabilities on the web and lastly the fact that sympathisers bit the bait were all factors which went into the planning and execution of this huge plan which dispaced lakhs of people especially from the North Eastern states, the probe also reveals.