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Pakistan’s ISI fuelling hatred against India in Gulf nations through social media

After reports that Pakistan is trying to push coronavirus-infected persons into the Indian side, it has now come to light that the neighbouring country has launched a cyberwar against New Delhi through social media.

According to the Indian intelligence agencies, Pakistan’s notorious spy agency – the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – is using several fake social media accounts to spread hatred and rumours about India in the Gulf States.

Inputs gathered by the Indian security agencies suggest that the ISI is behind the sudden spurt in social media messages targeting India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter and other social media platforms. A report submitted to the Home Ministry points out that the ISI is trying to flood social media with anti-India messages through fake or hacked social media handles in the Gulf countries.

The Pakistani spy agency wants to create a divide between India and the Gulf States, which have been very appreciative of PM Modi’s efforts to reduce tension and bring stability in the region, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Indian security agencies suspect that the ISI was behind the two hashtags – #ShameOnModi and #ChaosInIndia that trended on Tuesday and Wednesday. A Pakistan-managed Twitter account had changed its handle name to pose as Omani princess and tweeted anti-India material on Tuesday.

Interestingly, several old anti-India tweets from the same account, which has now been deleted, were also detected which indicated that the two Pakistani agencies – ISI and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – were operating it.

Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of Pakistani accounts changing the name to Arabic names or posing as Arabic royalty.

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