Indian Army warns entire military troops against contacts with Pakistanis

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Indian Army warns entire military troops against contacts with Pakistanis

NEW DELHI - Indian army has issued an advisory instructing its personnel to exercise extreme caution while befriending strangers on the Internet.

It has told soldiers and officers to be especially wary of those identifying themselves as spiritual leaders or women of foreign origin, laying specific emphasis on not divulging any sensitive information.

These instructions come at a time when a soldier has been taken into custody in Jodhpur on charges of selling confidential information to a Pakistani woman agent through social media. A colleague detained along with him was later freed for lack of evidence.

The advisory issued last month indicated that Pakistani agents under fake identities were actively trying to target soldiers deployed in sensitive areas. The army, it said, has identified around 150 such profiles until now.

A source said that Pakistani agents target army personnel on social media in order to procure contact numbers of senior officers and gather information on deployment patterns, news agency PTI quoted an official as saying.