Ex-servicemen for motion in opposition to pretend posts

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 14

A group of armed forces veterans have written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking a probe into false social media posts that blame a non-existent “Muslim Regiment” of the Indian Army having refused to fight for India during the 1965 war with Pakistan.

They have demanded impartial, firm and immediate action against propagators of these posts. In the letter, the veterans have asked the government to issue a warning to Facebook and Twitter.

These posts against the “Muslim Regiment” are false as the Army did not have any such regiment in 1965 or since, the letter stated.

Social media posts saying Muslim soldiers of this so-called “Muslim Regiment” refused to fight the war against Pakistan in 1965 question the loyalty of all serving and retired Muslim soldiers.

“Such social media posts are an insidious attack on the morale of our armed forces,” the letter read.

The letter cites how Lt Gen SA Hasnain (retd), in November 2017, pointed out that these were possibly part of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) disinformation campaign.

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