Recently several Twitter accounts of Pakistan personnel were suspended by Twitter. These accounts include twitter handles being run by journalists, activists, and even some government officials.
While Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is trying to take up a case with Twitter to know why around 200 accounts have been blocked, it would save them the trouble of lodging a complaint if they would take notice of the kind of messages being circulated by these handles. One look at the fake posts and the nuisance floating around on twitter should be enough to justify the reason for their suspension. Not only the ones already blocked, but there are many more out there, doing the devilish job of spitting venom against the Indian government and starting a hate war on Twitter on the name of Kashmir.
Interestingly, the misguided persons are not only those who have been blinded by the facade built by social media, but also some of the “elite” from the influential circles of Pakistan as well.
.@BJP's decision to scrap #Article370 is a historical mistake which is against the principles of federalism and Constitution of our country.— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) August 14, 2019
Today, Centre has put restrictions on communication and turned Kashmir into a 'prison'. pic.twitter.com/aCOaKUP8Hu
Pakistan observers 15 Aug 2019 as #BlackDay to awaken world conscience about India’s atrocities in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) since 1947.— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) August 14, 2019
On 5 Aug 19, India disregarding legal & moral ethics has turned IOJ&K into a jail. Humanity and peace abused.#15AugustBlackDay pic.twitter.com/xuZFdbPT07
We shall stand in the face of tyranny, regardless of the cost. Pakistan Army is fully alive to the sanctity of Jammu & Kashmir and will remain fully ready to perform its part in line with our national duty for Kashmir cause”, COAS on Independence & Kashmir Solidarity Day. (2of2).— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 14, 2019
Dear Pakistanis especially Kashmiris here. Just ignore them. The expressions describe their desperation despite turning IOJ&K into a jail. It’s beginning of their journey to ultimate failure on ground, let alone social media. All shall see, soon. In Shaa Allah. https://t.co/4whW046JBG— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) August 13, 2019
While state is doing everything required to be done for our Kashmiris for their right of self determination, this Eid goes as day of solidarity with them. Social media alone won’t help them yet our support here in raising the voice for awakening the world conscience matters. pic.twitter.com/gopv6XcXsG— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) August 11, 2019
Should there be an attempt by Indian Army to undertake any misadventure, Pakistan’s response shall be even stronger than that of 27 Feb 2019.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 8, 2019
Thousands of Indian troops have failed to suppress just struggle of brave Kashmiris for decades. Current surge won’t succeed either.
I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It is for the first time in over 50 yrs that the world’s highest diplomatic forum has taken up this issue. There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self determination.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 17, 2019
The whole world is waiting to see what happens to oppressed Kashmiris in IOK when curfew is lifted. Does the BJP govt think by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement? Chances are it will gain momentum.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 8, 2019
Biggest ever protest in support of Kashmiris and against Modi on British soil since the 1947 partition. This is just one side of the protest. More than 15 thousand gathered to condemn revocation of #Article370 #StandwithKashmir pic.twitter.com/CEyE790lr6— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) August 15, 2019
Here is @hasanminhaj eloquently speaking up for the people of Kashmir, who have been pawns in a political battle for decades and are currently in the midst of a media and communications blackout. https://t.co/1pdaLEy4nz— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 16, 2019
Have we conveniently blocked what we don’t want to address? This is beyond lines drawn on sand, it’s about innocent lives being lost! Heaven is burning and we silently weep. #Istandwithkashmir #kashmirbleeds— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) August 5, 2019
Rifts emerging among Indian security forces deployed in #Kashmir. A Muslim Kashmiri policeman shot & killed five Indian CRPF personnel in a ‘blue on blue’ attack after they refused to let a pregnant woman by because she didn’t have a curfew pass. Things on edge since that attack.— WSK (@WajSKhan) August 12, 2019
#Kashmir is an internationally dusputed territory as per #UNSC Resolutions— Mona Alam (@MonaAlamm) August 13, 2019
That’s why #Pakistan owns this matter- #Article370 & 35A are NOT internal matters of #India
UN wants to hold plebiscite in the valley to ask people where they want to go- #KashmirHamaraHai pic.twitter.com/AWCraC9uGD
In #OccupiedKashmir, strict curfew & communication blackout continued since last Monday when #India unilaterally revoked #Article370 of Indian Constitution https://t.co/b1OBbo1ygb #Stop_killing_Kashmiris, #KashmirDispute, #StandWithKashmiris, #KashmirBleeds, #KashmirLooksAhead— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) August 13, 2019
Surely, one can’t blame Twitter for doing its job right and adhering to its policies which prohibit terrorism, hateful conduct and abuse.
China, on the other hand, has been accused of deliberately attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong. The situation in Hong Kong hasn’t been any better with thousands of people taking to streets, protesting against an extradition bill. While all this unrest happens in the city, behind the scenes, the Chinese government is seeking to sway public opinion about Hong Kong. The Chinese Government is passively backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and plant discord in the city. As a result, about 200K accounts have been shut down by twitter.
Is it possible that Pakistan is following the footsteps of its elder brother China and starting its campaign against India? Pakistan sure has been seeking assistance from China in several other issues, so it does not come as a surprise if it might have followed suit in this too. But if it continues to do so, Pakistan may soon lose whatever little critical thinking ability it may be left with.
23 Aug 19/Friday Written by Naphisa