New Delhi: After Naval Chief Sunil Lanba warned of terrorists using the sea route earlier in the day, the Indian Navy in the evening confirmed that forces have been deployed to protect National Maritime Interests. Stating that Pakistan has been indulging in false propaganda for the past several days, the Indian Navy Chief said, “We don’t take cognizance of such propaganda. Our deployment remains undeterred.”

Naval Chief Sunil Lanba had previously spoken out against terrorism plaguing the region. Lanba had reportedly said, “We have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out operations in various modus operandi, including through the medium of the sea.”

He had said, “The Indo-pacific region has witnessed multiple forms of terrorism in recent years and a few countries in this part of the world have been spared by this cause. The global nature which terrorism has acquired in recent times has further enhanced the scope of this threat.” (Also read: Centre, Opposition Spar Over IAF Air Strikes in Balakot)

Addressing India’s problems specifically, Lanba said, “India faces a far more serious version of this State-sponsored terrorism. We have all witnessed the horrific scale of extremists attack on the Indian state of J-K, just three weeks ago.”

Hinting at Pakistan’s covert support to terror outfits, Lanba spoke about the Pulwama terror attack and said, “This violence was perpetuated by extremists, aided by a state which seeks to destabilise India.”

The armed forces had, earlier, during a joint press conference, assured the nation that they were ready for any eventuality. Rear Admiral D S Gujral had said, “The Indian Navy remains poised in all three dimensions; on the surface, under the sea and in the air to deter, prevent and defeat any design of Pakistan in the maritime domain.”

Meanwhile, a report in DNA said Pakistan Is working on erasing the digital footprint of the Pulwama terror attack. And it has the help of Chinese cyber experts to do so, intelligence sources said.

In an exclusive report, DNA said the efforts, called ‘digital mop of signatures’ in cybersecurity lingo, would help Pakistan rid itself of evidence that corroborates India’s stand that the February 14 attack was executed by Pakistan-based Jaishe-e-Mohammad, something that even JeM has claimed responsibility for.