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Majority of Indians want govt to use more military forces in Kashmir: Report

According to a research conducted by the Pew Research, Fact Tank based in Washington D.C., has revealed that a majority of Indians i.e. 55 percent, feel that the situation in Kashmir as a ‘very big problem’, while 58 percent of Indians feel that government should use more military forces in Kashmir. Being asked separately, 53 percent firmly believe that situation in Kashmir has gone worse in last five years.

In a report published on pewresearch.org, it states: “Indians largely view Pakistan as a threat and believe the situation in Kashmir warrants more military force. The recent escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama attack has turned the long-running territorial dispute over Kashmir into a potent campaign issue for Modi.”

In the Center’s spring survey last year, 76 percent of Indians said Pakistan is a major threat to their country, including 63 percent who said it is a very serious threat. “This view was shared by people in rural areas and urban centers, supporters of both the prime minister’s BJP and the Congress party, as well as Indians across age groups,” the report said.

While 65 percent said ‘terrorism is a very big problem in India’.

“In the aftermath of the violence in Pulwama, Indian social media platforms saw such an uptick in fictitious or purposely misleading stories related to the attack that the head of Facebook India’s Integrity Initiatives tweeted that he had never seen anything like this before,” the Fact Tank said in its report.

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