Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday that youth in Jammu-Kashmir are being fed misinformation leading to their radicalisation and said that there was a need to control social media to prevent the spread of false information.

“Radicalisation has taken a different form in our country. In J-K, youth is getting radicalised due to misinformation and falsehood about religion being fed to them. This is becoming a form of warfare,” the Army chief said at the Raisina Dialogue 2019 in New Delhi.

“Biggest issue is that the social media needs to ensure that radicalisation does not happen through false information and misinformation,” he added.

“That is why you find more and more educated youth being drawn into terrorism,” he said.

Gen Rawat said that radicalisation through social media is becoming one of the reasons for raising funds for terrorists organisations.

Calling terrorism as a “multi-headed monster”, General Rawat identified it as a new form of warfare

Without naming Pakistan, the General said that terrorism is “here to stay” because of nations that continue to sponsor it as a state policy.

“Terrorism is becoming a new form of warfare. A weaker nation is using terrorists as proxy to put pressure on another nation to come to terms with it,” he said.

On the Afghan peace process, he said there should be negotiations with the Taliban, but without conditions. He also asserted that Pakistan has always kept the Taliban in its backyard and should be concerned about it.

(With inputs from agencies.)