Suspension of pro-Kashmir accounts

Pakistan takes up case with Facebook, Twitter

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Pakistani authorities have taken up a case with Twitter and Facebook for suspending Pakistani social media accounts that posted messages in support of Kashmir, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor through his personal Twitter account said on Sunday.

He said the reason behind the suspended accounts was the Indian staff at the regional headquarters of the social media giants.

He also requested social media users to share information about accounts that have been suspended.

Ghafoor’s statement comes as #StopSuspendingPakistanis was trending on Twitter in Pakistan. Over the last one week, multiple Pakistanis have taken to Twitter to report that accounts were being suspended after they posted about Kashmir.

Last week, the Twitter handle of a Pakistan journalist was suspended for responding to Indian defence minister’s tweet.

India hosts around 250 million Facebook users, besides having a partnership multiple Indian organizations, unlike Pakistan which has only one.

As Kashmir issue continues to heat up, Pakistan’s use of social media, smart diplomatic initiatives and protest gatherings from government and civil society to highlight Kashmir conflict amid recent events of Indian aggression has launched a successful quest to negate Indian propaganda on the issue.

Pakistan also observed Indian Independence Day (Aug 15) as a black day to give the world a message about actions of the Indian government.

The solidarity movement with Kashmir was augmented with an effective social media campaign with hashtags such as #KashmirBanegaPakistan and #15AugustBlackDay.

Various other hashtags like #RedForKashmir, #BleedForKashmir, #StandWithKashmir, and #ModiKillingKashmiris #KashmirUnderThreat had also trended on top since Aug 5.