A few days ago, an encounter between security forces and Pakistan-sponsored terrorists took place in Gadool, Kokernag, and Anantnag. Following this event, Pakistan’s Army’s DG ISPR IT Cell circulated fabricated propaganda statements against the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir police.
The False Claims
The DG ISPR IT Cell released a press (propaganda) note and claimed that Indian Army Colonel Manpreet Singh and Major Ashish, along with 30+ soldiers, accompanied by DSP J&K Police Humayun Bhat and 10+ J&K Police personnel, launched an operation to eliminate Kashmiris. The release further alleged that the Indian forces were ambushed and surrounded by Kashmiris, leading to casualties and the surrender of the personnel. However, this statement is entirely false & baseless.
Security forces initiated the operation based on credible intelligence regarding the terrorist presence, a standard procedure. Security forces are using drones and helicopters for surveillance of the dense forest area, the official said. It was a Joint Operation launched by the Indian Army, CRPF, J&K Police and Intelligence agencies. The DG ISPR IT Cell propaganda narrative of an ambush is false and misleading.
Contrary to the DG ISPR IT Cell propaganda claims, only three brave soldiers lost their lives in the encounter: Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonack, and DSP Humayun Muzamil Bhat. Three officers were critically injured in the gun battle. Reinforcements were sent to the scene, but the injured could not be immediately evacuated due to the terrorists’ well-entrenched position and heavy gunfire.
On behalf of the J&K Police Pariwar DGP J&K Sh Dilbag Singh has condoled the martyrdom of the braveheart officers of J&K Police and Army in an encounter at Gadool,Kokernag,Anantnag.— J&K Police (@JmuKmrPolice) September 13, 2023
The DGP has said in his message that he is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of three young… pic.twitter.com/pMJSwYE8wX
In solemn tribute to the unwavering valor of Col Manpreet Singh,Major Ashish Dhonak & DSP Humayun Bhat who laid down their lives leading from the front during this ongoing operation. Our forces persist with unwavering resolve as they encircle 2 LET terrorists including Uzair Khan— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) September 14, 2023
The Propaganda Strategy
The DG ISPR IT Cell is notorious for fabricating statements and spreading propaganda. The ISPR here too followed its usual pattern of disseminating misinformation. They release statements on their website, then employ accounts across social media posing as OSINTs who work like a bot to amplify these false narratives on social media. Pro-Pakistani accounts such as @AirOpsSyndicate and @SyndicatePSF spread fake news regularly about India and the Indian Armed Forces, following a consistent pattern. Notably, they promote these fabricated stories to divert attention from the losses they face from various anti-Pakistani terrorist forces.
Interesting details emerging regarding how Indian forces surrendered in the recent encounter in Anantnag.— Air Operations Syndicate (@AirOpsSyndicate) September 14, 2023
It is still surprising that Indians who 24/7 boast about their military modernization still lack basic surveillance from UAVs and Quadcopters. pic.twitter.com/J6UFnf2X0L
According to the information we have received from a source in the Indian Military (RR) regarding yesterday's incident in Anantnag, we were told that Indian Army Colonel Manpreet Singh & Major Ashish were accompanied by at least 30+ soldiers. DSP J&K Police Humayun Bhat had— The Strategic Syndicate (@SyndicatePSF) September 14, 2023
On September 11, 2023, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in Peshawar, resulting in the death of a Pakistani Army soldier. Regrettably, Pakistan’s DG ISPR IT Cell did not emphasize this incident and just posted a Press Release [archive], revealing a selective approach in their public narratives and propaganda. Their aim is to divert attention from the daily casualties suffered by Pakistani soldiers at the hands of TTP, BLA, and other anti-Pakistan terrorist groups. It surely raises questions about their priorities.
🔺ISPR : On 11th September 2023, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded on a vehicle of Security Forces in area of Warsak, Peshawar District.#PakistanArmy #Pakistan #ISPR pic.twitter.com/PhvFat5cIk— Air Operations Syndicate (@AirOpsSyndicate) September 11, 2023
Intent and Conclusion
The intent behind the actions of DG ISPR IT Cell is clear: to spread false narratives and propaganda against the Indian Army and manipulate the Anantnag encounter incident. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s own security forces face grave challenges from terrorist groups. Pakistan’s history of spreading fake propaganda is well-documented, and this incident is no exception. Pakistan has done it in the past, doing it in the present and will continue to do so. It is crucial to discern the truth from such misleading propaganda. Our hearts go out to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation, and we at D-Intent Data, stand with our security forces in their unwavering dedication to combat terrorism. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below.
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FACT: After the encounter between the security forces and terrorists in Gadool, Kokernag, Anantnag. DG ISPR IT-Cell circulating self-cooked propaganda statements against the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir police. The statement is fake and baseless. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/2rJnsWJRHO
Claim: Indian Army Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish, and J&K Police DSP Humayun Bhat, along with their teams, were on a mission to eliminate Kashmiris, were ambushed by the Kashmiris, and eventually surrendered, leading to their death.
Fact: They died in an encounter with Pakistan-sponsored terrorists.