New Delhi – India has been witnessing violent and unnecessary protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). These protesters are also targeting Hindus, NRC and Modi Government during the protests. While many facts about these protests are coming out, one startling fact is that Pakistan is fanning these violent protests.
Recently, Swarajya Magazine published an article on how Pakistan is connected with anti-CAA protests in Chennai.
Use of social media by Pakistan
In a few weeks in December, over 1,079 Twitter accounts were created in Pakistan to spread hate-speech around Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to a report prepared by cybersecurity company Innefu Labs, which works closely with the Government and enforcement agencies, including Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
In 15 days, ending 23rd December 2019, hashtags, influencers and bots were used to spread anti-national content using social media. Hashtags like #NaziIndiaRejected, #IndiaDiscriminatesMuslims, #IndiaTo Endia are created by Pakistan-based PTI social media activists and Pak Cyber Force.
Some other hashtags originating from Pakistan are #caa_nrc_protests, #citizenshipamendmentact, #indiaagainstcaa_nrc, #indiahate modi, #cabprotests, among others, used for negative propaganda.
Some hashtags were used to spread hate speeches and others were used for posting propaganda videos, misinformation and police brutality, as per Tarun Wig, co-founder and CTO of Innefu Labs, which uses data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to track and flag off cybercrimes.
The objective of accounts and the bots is to increase negative sentiment and radicalise Muslims against the Act. The accounts projected CAA as a communal law. The report also said that attempts were made, using these accounts and bots, to start countrywide protests.
ISI behind violence over CAA, says Tarek Fateh
Pakistan-born Canadian author Tarek Fateh blamed Pakistan’s ISI for disturbing peace in India over CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“Pakistan’s ISI has a presence in every major Indian city. They have their ‘natural fifth column’ here in India, who don’t say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, don’t stand up for National Anthem, are into goondaism. They are trying to disturb the peace”, Fateh told a newspaper.
Is Imran Khan at the root of Pak-sponsored anti-CAA protest ?
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on 21st December 2019, expressed apprehension that India could carry out a ‘false flag operation’ against it to divert attention from its domestic situation and warned that it will give a befitting response to any such action. (Now, as Indian citizens, we should remain alert and try to expose Pakistan through social media. – Editor)