Media and Fifth-generation Warfare: A Case Study of Indian Disinformation Campaign Against Balochistan
In the post-truth era, media has emerged as a vital propaganda tool of fifth-generation warfare. Balochistan being one of the most important geostrategic locations in the region has been the victim of Indian Hybrid warfare. Due to its unique geo-strategic location, regional and international players have tried to meddle in the affairs of the province. In the current post-truth era, the adversaries of Pakistan have utilized tactics of fifth-generation warfare i.e., insurgency, terrorism, propaganda, and fake reports to destabilize Balochistan and ultimately Pakistan. India, the archrival of Pakistan, is utilizing the fifth-generation warfare tactics most prominently media to fuel the Baloch insurgency and create a sense of deprivation among the people of Balochistan. The paper has utilized secondary data sources and Indian media news outlets to support the objectives of the study. In the theoretical framework section, the paper has applied the Johan Galtung’s theory of War and Peace Journalism to understand the Indian Media’s perception about the issues of Balochistan.