PBC24 Desk : The US Embassy in Islamabad has apologised for re tweeting an post which was against Trump. The Embassy stated that, its official Twitter account had been used without permission to retweet an anti-Trump post from a Pakistani opposition politician and rival of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“The U.S. Embassy Islamabad Twitter account was accessed last night without authorization,” the US diplomatic mission said in a message on Twitter. “The U.S. Embassy does not endorse the posting or retweeting of political messages. We apologize for any confusion that may have resulted.”
The opposition politician who was retweeted, Ahsan Iqbal, is a former federal minister who is a member of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party. On Tuesday night, Iqbal posted an image of a Washington Post headline, “Trump’s defeat is a blow to world’s demagogues and dictators,” with the comment: “We have one in Pakistan too. He will be shown way out soon,” referring to Khan, the prime minister.
The US Embassy’s account retweeted Iqbal’s message, causing an uproar on social media in Pakistan. The hashtag #ApologiseUSembassy was trending on Twitter in the country Wednesday, when the retweet was deleted. There was no immediate indication that the account had been hacked, but the embassy declined to comment further.
Members of the governing party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, denounced the embassy’s forwarding of Iqbal’s message, calling it an act of interference in local politics. Several Pakistani officials said that an apology was not enough.
Shahbaz Gill, a special assistant to Khan on political communication, said on Twitter, “We expect some heads must roll.”