At a time when Pakistan
is facing global scrutiny given its involvement in various acts of terrorism, the establishment in Islamabad
is confronting an unlikely challenge courtesy some fake Twitter
Some fake Twitter
handles are creating confusion in the global arena and putting a question mark on Pakistan's credibility as a nation.
The comments on these fake Twitter
handles have left the establishment in Islamabad
The handle claiming to be that of the country's ambassador to the US, @PakinUSA, Jalil Abbas Jilani, has even forced the real account, @PakEmbassyDC, to issue a clarification.
"Please note that Pak Embassy US
@pakinus is a fake account & not affiliated with Pak Embassy, Washington DC. Info is not authentic @JalilJilani," the Pakistan
Embassy, DC handle tweeted.
"Some fake accunts are impersonating the Embassy of Pak& Amb @JalilJilani by spreading baseless info-matter has been taken up wid Twitter
Adm," it added.
Pakistan's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi yesterday tweeted, "I request @FBI & @twitter
to reactivate Twitter
account of Pakistan
Embassy, Washington DC - - - >> @PakInUSA."
Embassy, DC seems to be also receiving messages from another fake account @aziz_sartajpk, which claims to be that of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
This comes at a time when the world is expecting an answer from Pakistan
about Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Ohio State University attacker, said to be inspired by the terrorist propaganda of the ISIS.
is making a complete fool of itself in the global arena courtesy its silence on this issue.
Unlike Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup and India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin who have verified twitter
accounts, Ambassador of Pakistan
Jalil Abbas Jilani does not have one and this is garnering all criticisms and creating confusion.
ISPR Director General Asim Bajwa had earlier on November 27 said that COAS designate General Qamar Bajwa had no presence on social media, adding all social media accounts in his name were fake.
"#COAS designate Gen Qamar Bajwa has zero presence on social media. All facebook/twitter
& other SM platforms ids & accounts on his name are fake," he said in a comment posted on Twitter.
After the government announced its decision to appoint General Bajwa as the new army chief, a number of accounts emerged on Facebook and Twitter
in his name.