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As Indian-Pakistani Conflict Develops, Sides Are More And More Engaged In Propaganda War

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As Indian-Pakistani Conflict Develops, Sides Are More And More Engaged In Propaganda War

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As the Indo-Pakistani conflict continues to develop on the contact line in the contested Jammu and Kashmir region, the two sides also appear to be engaged in a propaganda war.

Evaluating the situation in English-language mainstream media, it can be found that the Indian side is employing active military informational operations in order to promote own agenda in the conflict. One of the obvious examples of this is the claim that India shot down a Pakistani warplane during the February 27 encounter. Inside India, multiple media outlets, which are more or less affilated with the governmetn, are openly fueling a war hysteria.

However, at the same time, a notable part of the Indian society is sceptical regarding the government stance and obviously seeks a de-escalation of the conflcit. This can be obs observed in the social media.

It’s interesting to note that a similar situation can be observed on the Pakistani side. Islamabad is also conducting special media operations and using fakes; for example the claim about the second downed Indian jet and second pilot, who has never been captured. However, Pakistan is less successful in its efforts on the international scene. Therefore, by February 28, it had re-shaped its approach and started using more factual-based coverage of the conflict and debunking Indian propaganda.

A part of the Pakistani society also appears to be not interested in the war.

Despite the aforementioned sceptical views in both Indian and Pakistani societies, Indian and Pakistani populists are attempting to use the recent escalation to gain more influence. This approach is fueling the already high tensions.

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