Jammu, February 15: The Indian Army has expressed for a very strong need to have a counter system that can fight ‘e-war’ being propelled by terror outfits such as the ISIS and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in the militancy-infested Kashmir.
The militants groups these days are gaining their sympathisers through the social networking sites which is a major cause of concern. Especially during the 2nd half of the year 2015, a rise in terror activities was recorded in south Kashmir after which it emerged as the new hub of militants and the network of militants was strengthened a lot through their website and social media pages.
The ever increasing soft corner for militants in the hearts of local Kashmiri youth is a very disturbing trend and they have been radicalised by outfits like ISIS and JuD through their websites and pages on social media. Internet has become an effective tool for these terror groups to pursue their subversive agenda in the recent years, said a top Army source.
He added that the new breed of militants in Kashmir that has evolved during the last year after the inclusion of Burhan Wani in Hizbul Mujahideen. HuM used social media like WhatsApp and Facebook to attract Kashmiri youth to militancy and they have been very successful in their plans. There is a very desperate need to restrict the freedom provided to such terror outfits and insurgents.
Sources in the Security forces also feel a system is required to counter these nefarious plans of terrorists. The system should be on the lines of National Counter Terrorism Center set up in the US for the same purpose.
The sources also brought up that the Army is in talks with the Home Ministry which has accepted the fact that the social sites were being misused by terror outfits to radicalise Indian youth.