India’s new cybersecurity chief, Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant on Saturday praised DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor while criticising the different public relations officers of the three wings of the Indian Army.
Speaking at a seminar, the cybersecurity chief highlighted the need for an integrated public relations system for the Indian Army, citing the example of the Pakistan Army and said that ”they [Pakistan Army] have got their act together” and show unity in the narrative warfare.
The Indian cybersecurity chief demanded an equivalent of the DG ISPR for their Army.
Pant said that all the three wings of the Indian armed forces had their own public relations officers PROs and “they are going in different ways”.
He said that ever since the Pakistan Army created the DG ISPR post, “they have got their act together.”
“When are we going to have our own equivalent of the DG ISPR 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 was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
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Pant said that when the DG ISPR conducts narrative warfare on occupied Kashmir, the Pakistan Army spokesperson tells the world that human rights were being infringed in the occupied territory.
“What we are finding from the other side – from the western border – that since the time they have created the DGISPR, they have got their act together,” Indian cybersecurity chief said here at a seminar on the topic of ‘Securing the Future Battlespace: Information and Space Warfare’.
Giving an example of Pakistan, Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant said, While when they engage with Islamic nations they tell them that Islam is under threat, adding that “What they told southeast Asia is that there is a regional instability,” said Pant.
It is pertinent to mention here, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor was appointed DG ISPR in December 2016. He succeeded Maj Gen Asim Bajwa.
Previously, Maj Gen Ghafoor was commanding a division in Swat before he was asked to head the Pakistan Army’s media wing.