Indian National Cyber Security Coordinator acknowledged that Pakistan Army’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), and its spokesman – Asif Ghafoor have really got their act together” in information warfare against India.
Highlighting flaws in the Indian army, Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant said the three wings of the [Indian] armed forces have their own public relations officers and “they are going in different ways,” India Today reported.
Pant emphasised the need for a unified public relations command for the three wings of the armed forces to come at par with Pakistan in the “narrative warfare”.
“When are we going to have our own equivalent of the DGISPR because the (Indian armed forces) services have their own PRs and they are going in different ways. Somebody at the national level now has to look at the narrative warfare and how to implement it in various domains,” he said.
“What we are finding from Pakistan that since the time they have created the DGISPR, they have got their act together,” he said while addressing a seminar on the topic of “Securing the Future Battlespace: Information and Space Warfare”.
Former Indian general admitted that in narrative warfare, ISPR’s message regarding human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir carries weight and is being heard across the globe.
“When they (DGISPR) conduct narrative warfare, let’s say in the case of Kashmir, the message they send to Europe is that human rights are being violated… while when they engage with Islamic nations they tell them that Islam is under threat … and they tell Southeast Asia that there is a regional instability,” Pant noted. “So, they seem to have got their act together,” he concluded.