The Green Book 2020, published by the general headquarters of the Pakistan Army, reveals proposals to ramp up psychological warfare, propagate home-grown native terrorism in Kashmir and use anti-Indian propaganda material more effectively. The 200-page book is a confidential internal publication of the Pakistan Army which outlines its geopolitical understanding, vision and strategies.
Only a native uprising will be just and politically defendable for Pakistan on international forums
Green Book 2020
A leaked copy reveals Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has written the Balakot strike on February 26, 2019, and the ending of Kashmir and Jammu’s special status on August 5 will have “lasting imprint on the geopolitics” of the region.
Muslim-majority Kashmir has for decades been a hotbed of hostility between the two sides, each of whom claims the territory in full but rules in part.
Gen Bajwa described the Balakot strike as a “coercive attempt to carve out space for war under nuclear overhang and enforce compliance.”
He said Mr Modi’s stance on Kashmir had “raised the stakes for the entire world”.
The Green Book suggests reviving a “local uprising” in Indian Kashmir to make it difficult for “India to keep selling the terrorism card” in the strife-torn state.
It says: “Only a native uprising will be just and politically defendable for Pakistan on international forums.
“Even such an uprising will need support in the information domain.”
The book contains recommendations to take Pakistan’s proxy war against India into the “non-kinetic domain” like information or cyber or electronic warfare.
The Pakistan Army has been advised to run propaganda using video clips and pictures about “brutalities of Indian oppressive forces” in Kashmir to alter the perception about India, which it has “built so painstakingly over the years”.
It also suggests bringing the US onside by warning Washington that Pakistan will shift its forces from its western borders, which can adversely affect peace in Afghanistan, if India continues its Kashmir policy.
The book repeatedly drives home the importance of China as a reliable strategic ally and quotes Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying: “No matter how things change in the world and the region, China will firmly support Pakistan in upholding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and dignity.”
Contributor Professor Tughral Yamin wrote that as long as Kashmir was unresolved, “there will be plenty of triggers to cause another crisis for India in the future”.
Another writer advised that “Indian masses and liberal intellectuals” should be the recipients of Pakistan’s information dissemination campaign on Kashmir.
Violence continues to erupt on an almost daily basis in the disputed Himalayan region.
Three Indian soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with militants today, less than 24 hours after a similar incident in which five were killed.
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Junaid Khan, a senior paramilitary force officer, said the militants attacked the men from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in North Kashmir.
He said: “Three CRPF men were killed. Two died on the spot and one on way to hospital, and another is critically injured.”
Five Indian soldiers, including a high-ranking army officer, were killed yesterday in a forest area of North Kashmir during an operation against a group of militants, two of whom were later killed.
Over the last month, New Delhi has launched a major offensive against the militants, killing 22 of them since the region was locked down to prevent the spread coronavirus.
According to official data, 20 Indian soldiers have been killed during the same period.
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