The Pakistan Army,which is alleged to have huge business interests,must acquire a television channel to counter the growing penetration of Indian TV and news channels in the country,a senior army officer has suggested.
The unusual recommendation has been made in one of the strategy papers written for the prestigious Green Book of the Pakistan Army that provides rare insights into its ongoing internal debates,The News daily reported Monday.
It said Indian media invasion could not be countered during the Kargil episode.
The papers,written by uniformed professionals,are part of a special chapter in the Green Book titled Sub-conventional Warfare.
While slamming the Pakistani media for not countering the penetration of Indian TV and newspapers effectively,Major General Muhammad Azam Asif,who commands an infantry division,has recommended that the Pakistan Army must acquire a television channel as well as a radio station to counter the Indian propaganda.
Asif has claimed the Pakistani media lacks credibility among the masses due to which the public is compelled to tune in to All India Radio,the BBC and Indian satellite channels during a period of crisis or whenever an important event takes place,the media report said.
Citing the 1971 war between India and Pakistan,he has stated that the primary aim of the Indian media was to defeat the enemy psychologically and disarm them morally.
The strategy paper penned for the Green Book by Asif has stated,Our adversary (India) has taken big strides in acquiring media power and has been putting it to good use for her benefits.
With a number of television channels and remarkable advancement in the information technology,India has attained a total electronic media supremacy over Pakistan.
The Green Book is published every two years by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Pakistan Army as an internal publication which,as a matter of principle,is kept confidential from the public.
Many serving senior army officers have expressed concern that Indian TV and print publications are available widely across Pakistan through both legitimate means and piracy,the report said.