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'Exposed': Maryam Nawaz slams PTI's Twitter campaign

"Another IK lie exposed, another conspiracy unveiled," Maryam Nawaz says

By Web Desk
April 18, 2022
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addresses a press conference outside a court in Islamabad in March 2021. — Online
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addresses a press conference outside a court in Islamabad in March 2021. — Online

Another "lie" of PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been unveiled, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said Monday, after the government claimed to have uncovered trends on Twitter initiated through the accounts of PTI supporters and members. 

"Imported government not acceptable (imported hukumat na manzoor)" has been trending for several days after Khan was voted out of power on April 10 — making him the first prime minister to be removed through the no-confidence motion.

"Another IK lie exposed, another conspiracy unveiled," Maryam said in a tweet after PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had revealed that the top trend was being run through bots.

The PML-N vice president said: "Turns out that the slander campaigns against state institutions and lies about international conspiracy were churned out and spread by no more than a handful of people employing hundreds of fake accounts and bots."

Maryam said Khan led the Twitter campaign and claimed the government had "tracked down" the criminal ring from PTI. "More facts will surface in the coming days. No lie will save you Now!"

In a press conference earlier in the day, Aurangzeb said the PTI was running trends to malign state institutions, build a false narrative, and mislead the people of Pakistan.

The PML-N spokesperson said the trends instigated hate speech and online violence. In a day, the trend was initiated by 924 Twitter handles, while only 709 of these accounts were active ones.

Of the 924 Twitter handles, 532 Twitter accounts were bots.

Meanwhile, Aurangzeb said the data, which was obtained from Twitter, showed that 177 human accounts were being operated, while there were only 33 original accounts.

The development comes a day after Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had observed that “misinformation and propaganda” are a threat to the integrity of the state that requires a “timely and unified response to effectively counter speculations and rumours”.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has also arrested scores of people across the country for being involved in social media campaigns against state institutions.