In an unprecedented move, PML (N) steals Punjab government official twitter account
PML N changed the official Twitter account of the government of Punjab to its party name, in an ongoing cyber tiff with the recently installed regime headed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The Government of Punjab had three official accounts on Twitter:
1. Punjab Government (2013-18) – @GovtOfPunjab (verified) 226K followers
2. Government of the Punjab – @PunjabGovtpk (interim) 1,150 Followers
3. PunjabGovtOfficial – @punjabgovt_ (new) 540 Followers
However, the former ruling party initially refused to hand over the credentials to PTI, and now took an extra mile by altogether converting the official handle to PML-N’s one.
Imran Ghazali, who headed the digital media campaign of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2013, expressed his dismay on Twitter over the development and also elaborated that another account with the same handle as the previous one @GovtofPunjab was created which would start garnering followers from scratch.
The account had 226K followers when former Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif just completed his stint, however, the newly created accounts has 61 followers *currently*, in a major waste of digital resources and sponsored campaigns launched by the previous government.
Ghazali was the one who had claimed that the former ruling regime was not passing over the credentials of the accounts to their successors, apparently due to the political rivalry that rose to a crescendo before the General Elections.
Traditionally, the official accounts cannot be converted to the accounts of any party and the username/passwords are to be handed over to the next ruling elite for smooth flow of information, however, this has not been done.