Pakistani accounts that have been suspended or banned from Twitter
There is no doubt that Twitter is a great place where world leaders, celebrities, religious clerics and influencers get a chance to connect with their followers and share their opinions. In the words of Donald Trump, “Twitter is like owning your own newspaper —without the losses.”
However, just because you are rich and famous does not mean that you are above the rules laid down by Twitter. One controversial tweet is all it takes for the Twitter forces to track you down and ban you.
For those of you who don’t know, here’s a list of famous Pakistani personalities that were banned or suspended from Twitter.
A week after the melodrama following Asia Bibi’s acquittal from the supreme court, Twitter finally decided to take down Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s account.
Reportedly, Khadim Rizvi created another account on the same day which was also suspended later on.
Rizvi was quite active on Twitter and never hesitated to speak against the government or any other state institution, which is why his suspension didn’t come as a surprise to many.
The leader of the Pakistani civil rights movement, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), has always been a controversial figure for giving hateful remarks against the Pakistan Army.
His Twitter account was taken down for a few hours in April and was reinstated following widespread criticism from social media users in Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Islamist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), has been suspended from Twitter permanently. The account was being used to direct hatred towards India. After the ban, Hafiz Saeed accused Indian media of forcing Twitter to ban his account.
Several other accounts of the Hafiz Saeed were created later on, which were also suspended permanently.
In August, the Pakistani government threatened to ban Twitter in Pakistan if the “objectionable content” from it is not removed. However, no details of the objectionable content were given when this warning was issued.
In response, Twitter suspended the account of Khalil Baloch, the Chairman of Baloch National Movement (BNM), along with Dr. Allah Nizar, who heads the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF).
The accounts were later recovered when there was an uproar by the Baloch community. However, the Twitter accounts of BLF and Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) were fully suspended.
In 2015, the Twitter account of Reham Khan was suspended for a few hours. However, the reason for the suspension remained unknown.
Twitter suspended the account of CM Punjab, Usman Buzdar, over “violation of rules” for a few hours. This happened when pictures and videos of the CM visiting hospitals in Pakpattan, Islamabad and Channu were being shared on the account.
Raza Rabbani is another personality who has seen the brunt of the Twitter forces. The suspension came to light when Senator Rehman Malik expressed shock and demanded Twitter to reopen Rabbani’s account.
Last year, Twitter permanently suspended the verified account of a web forum, Pakistan Defence (@defencepk), after an Indian student filed a complaint against the account for sharing her photoshopped image.
In the original picture, the student from New Delhi was holding a placard in support for the secular values of the Indian constitution, which was later photoshopped to say that she hated India because of its occupation of Kashmir and other states.