Islamabad, December 3
Pakistan on Friday said the social media accounts of its embassy in Serbia have been “hacked”, hours after the official Twitter handle of the mission criticised the Imran Khan government over record-breaking inflation and alleged non-payment of salaries for the past three months.
The verified Twitter account of the Pakistan had tweeted, “With inflation breaking all previous records, how long do you expect @ImranKhanPTI that we [government] official will remain silent & keep working for you without been paid for past 3 months & our children been forced out of school due to non payment of fees. Is this #NayaPakistan?”
A parody song was also embedded in the tweet that mocked Khan for his often used catchphrase ‘ghabrana nahi hai (we do not have to worry)’.
In a tweet, the embassy said: “I am sorry @ImranKhanPTI, am not left with another option.” Soon after the tweets went viral, the Foreign Office issued a statement on Twitter that the social media accounts of the embassy have been hacked.
“The Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia have been hacked. Messages being posted on these accounts are not from the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia,” it said.
The tweets have been deleted.
The prime minister’s digital media aide, Arslan Khalid, also said that the account was “hacked” and the foreign office is “conducting an enquiry into it”.
The “aap nay ghabrana nahi hai” phrase often used by Khan while addressing citizens has become a taunt in Pakistan in the wake of the worsening economic situation and people often tease one another with the jibe.
Khan came to power in August 2018 with the promise to create a “Naya (new) Pakistan”, but the slogan has also turned into a joke and common people often demand that he should give them back the ‘Purana (old) Pakistan’.
Earlier this week, data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics showed inflation edged up to 11.5 per cent from 9.2 per cent, the highest increase noted in the past 20 months influenced by a record hike in fuel prices in October.
Petrol prices are at a record high at Rs 145 per litre and rupee is at its record low at Rs 176 against one US dollar.
Khan accuses the opposition parties for destroying the institutions and making it difficult to improve the economic situation. He also blames “mafias” for souring his efforts. PTI
With inflation breaking all previous records, how long do you expect @ImranKhanPTI that we goverment official will remain silent & keep working for you without been paid for past 3 months & our children been forced out of school due to non payment of fees— Pakistan Embassy Serbia (@PakinSerbia) December 3, 2021
Is this #NayaPakistan ? pic.twitter.com/PwtZNV84tv
I am sorry @ImranKhanPTI, am not left with another option.— Pakistan Embassy Serbia (@PakinSerbia) December 3, 2021
Is this naya (new) Pakistan?" Pakistan's embassy in Serbia, which is a verified handle with a blue tick, tweeted. "I am sorry, Imran Khan, am not left with another option," the embassy tweeted.
The tweet said: “How long does the government expect the officials to remain silent over the unpaid salaries for the last three months.”
As the message created a stir on Twitter that Imran Khan is facing a ‘rebellion’ from his government officials, Dr Arslan Khalid, focal person to Imran Khan on digital media tweeted that according to the information from the foreign office, the account was hacked.
The Twitter account of Pakistan's embassy in Serbia is hacked as per information from foreign office and @ForeignOfficePk is conducting an enquiry into it.— Dr Arslan Khalid (@arslankhalid_m) December 3, 2021
Below are the tweets in respond to the post:
The issue of non-payment of salary may be genuine but addition of a funny video towards the end suggests that it could actually be a hacker's job. If it was indeed from an insider in the embassy, he or she would've ended just with the text part due to seriousness of the problem.— Sanjeev Gupta (@sanjg2k1) December 3, 2021
The authorities must take strict action against the personal controlling this account this is not a joke its an official page representing Pakistan— Humza khan (@mhumzakhan12) December 3, 2021
INDIA hacked the account. 😂😉🤣🤣😂— Manoj Dahale (@ManojDahale7) December 3, 2021
"Indians hacked Pakistan embassy Serbia's account with the help of Zionists spy app Pegasus to defame Pakistan govt and IsIam."— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) December 3, 2021
Aapke Paas Google Pay ya Phone Pay hai? May be Imran is too busy creating Riyasat-E-Medina. We Indians can arrange your salaries. Bas aise hi tweets karte rahiye.— Gaurav Mishra (@GauravM46182820) December 3, 2021
Soon a explanation will come out that this account was hacked by indian hackers and all good at pak embassay in serbia— Dr. Harsh Bhardwaj (@BhardwajHarsh08) December 3, 2021
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