Although a late entrant into the world of social media, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba felt the important of an online presence.
In fact at the launch event which was organised by the newly set up cyber team of the outfit, Hafiz Saeed, said that the Daesh (ISIS) was an example of how the social media helped propagate their cause.
The Indian Intelligence Bureau has said that the biggest threat emerges from the online space. India has kept a close watch on the social media accounts that were launched by the JuD and also its website.
Is it target Kashmir:
In Jammu and Kashmir, it was the Hizbul Mujahideen which extensively used the online medium.
Pictures of young mujahideens posing with rifles and uniforms were posted on facebook accounts and the outfit did get the desired results. The recruitment has gone up suggests an IB official.
Keeping this in mind, the JuD too decided that it would have a major online presence. Hafiz Saeed himself has begun tweeting a lot.
In addition to this the various handles of the outfit do propagate about the work they are doing, but they make it loud and clear that they want the liberation of Kashmir.
Through the website, nazarpakistan.com, the JuD has openly declared support to the separatists in Kashmir.
In addition to this there is an attempt to lure the people into their fold and there are also signs that they are trying to capture the imagination of the youth.
Quoting the success of the ISIS on the social media by Saeed itself was an indication that he wants to replicate their module.
The ISIS has been hugely successful in roping the youth into their fold only because of extensive propaganda on the social media.
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba too felt that this was the best way to capture the youth and hence they have enhanced their capabilities on the internet.
Lashkar-e-Tayiba was always tech savvy:
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba has always been tech savvy. They have had a tech team for nearly 10 years now and have developed applications and software which they have used successfully in terrorist strikes.
Take for instance the planning that went into the Mumbai 26/11 attacks. There was a lot of reliance on technology both during the planning stage and also at the time of the attack.
The use of the VoIP, satellite phones and various other communication devices ensured that they remained un-detected all through the planning stages leading up to the attack.
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba has always had a dedicated tech team which has provided them fool-proof technology which they have successfully used during terror strikes or even tracking down the movements of the Indian army.
However they were late on the social media as many felt that the the battle would continue to be on the ground.
However seeing the success of the ISIS and how strategically the outfit has placed itself on the online space, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba did not want to left behind.