Pakistan’s Digital Aggression

Orchestrating Instability from Afar

In the aftermath of the tumultuous Nuh riots, a sinister digital undercurrent emerges, revealing a disconcerting truth. The Haryana Police’s investigation has illuminated the role of Pakistan-based social media groups in exacerbating the unrest.

This perilous alliance transcends borders, as these virtual provocateurs, armed with keyboards instead of weapons, incited local mobs to engage in violent clashes. As the dust begins to settle and the afflicted community seeks to mend, the online perpetrators persist, shamelessly flooding the digital realm with triumphant messages, oblivious to the impending devastation that their actions could unleash upon countless innocent families. The Pakistani connection in this digital incitement is hardly surprising, given the alarming potency of social media as a weapon to disseminate hate across borders.

The Nuh upheaval was a calculated endeavour, engineered to ignite a cataclysmic inferno. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), notorious for its covert operations, has adeptly harnessed the power of social media to amplify its agenda of destabilization. Notably, its fingerprints were unmasked during the 2021 agitation orchestrated by the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) against the then Prime Minister Imran Khan,who had dared to challenge the military establishment.

While the contentious region of Kashmir remains a perennial focal point, the ISI’s insidious machinations have extended far beyond. Collaborating with the TLP, it has orchestrated campaigns to stoke anti- India sentiments even in the Maldives. The repercussions manifested last year when a mob disrupted the Indian High Commission’s Yoga Day event in Male, underscoring the potency of this digital arsenal. The ISI’s intricate web of terror, manipulated to advance foreign policy objectives, has also had dire consequences in Afghanistan and India, culminating in tragic incidents like the Bajaur blast that claimed the lives of over 60 innocent individuals. The unruly beast that is social media proves to be a challenge even more formidable than the likes of Hafiz Saeed and Azhar Masood.

These online envoys of hatred possess the capacity to fan the flames of extremism within Pakistan itself, a disturbing prospect that cannot be disregarded. Amidst this ominous backdrop, Pakistan’s ostensibly conciliatory gestures towards India ring hollow, reeking of insincerity and duplicity. As the world grapples with the formidable power of information dissemination in the digital age, the insidious role of state-sponsored social media manipulation emerges as a potent threat to global stability. The Nuh riots, tragically emblematic of the intersection between online manipulation and real-world violence, serve as a stark reminder of the urgency to address this new frontier of warfare.

International cooperation, bolstered by stringent regulations and technological countermeasures, is imperative to curtail the manipulative tactics of rogue actors and safeguard the sanctity of digital spaces. The battle against digital aggression is an imperative that transcends borders and ideologies. It is a call to action to fortify the virtual realm against those who seek to sow discord, exploit vulnerabilities, and incite violence from the safety of their screens.

The global community must rise to this challenge with unwavering determination, fortifying the integrity of digital communication and ensuring that the promise of interconnectedness is not tainted by the dark ambitions of a few. In a world where information is wielded as a weapon, the fight for a secure and harmonious digital landscape becomes a collective endeavor, and the lessons drawn from the Nuh flare-up serve as a stark cautionary tale of the perils that lie ahead if decisive action is not taken.


Central Chronicle is daily English Newspaper of Chhattisgarh. Central Chronicle has own website it is first news website in Chhattisgarh.

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