PML-N top leadership hijacks social media accounts of Punjab government

PML-N top leadership hijacks social media accounts of Punjab government

LAHORE – PML N former government has refused to hand over the official social media accounts of the Government of Punjab.

It has become another bone of contention between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Marking the end of 10-year rule of PML-N in Punjab, PTI’s Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar was elected as 20th Chief Minister last week.

The new leader may not have any experience of running a provincial administration but that does not stop him or his team from taking control of the official account of Government of Punjab.

However, the former ruling party PML-N is giving a tough time to the new administration by refusing to hand over credentials of the verified account of Government of Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab).

The Government of Punjab currently has three official accounts on Twitter:

1. Punjab Government (2013-18) link – @GovtOfPunjab (verified) 226K followers

2. Government of the Punjab link – @PunjabGovtpk (interim) 1,150 Followers

3. PunjabGovtOfficial link_ – @punjabgovt_ (new) 540 Followers

The Directorate General of Public Relations (Punjab) looks after all social media accounts of Govt of Punjab.

Currently, the Buzdar-led administration is using a new account which has only 540 followers, a number very low as compared to 226,000 following the verified account.

It is yet unclear how the new administration would manage to get control of the old account and when all followers and data would be transferred to the new account if it decides to forgo the verified account previously run by PML-N team.