Social media is the modern-day mini-publishing house. A tweet by the right person but with controversial assertions can create havoc. According to the Foreign Office of Pakistan, the Pakistan Embassy in Serbia’s Twitter account was hacked a few days ago. The explanations came after tweets posted were targeting Imran Khan and his government. It was stated that the employees of the embassy were not paid their salary for the past three months and neither was their school-going children’s fee paid. Moreover, the embassy’s account also posted a song that highlighted the current economic problems in Pakistan with the Prime Minister’s punch line ‘Ghabrana nahi hai’.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan was quick to claim that the account had been hacked and the Pakistani Embassy in Serbia had nothing to do with the tweets posted. Moreover, shortly after the incident, the account posted tweets again stating that the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts had been hacked and have now been recovered.
There may be some truth to the statements regarding the hack, however, one is forced to think why some outsider would post about the salary delay to the staff of the embassy. Such happenings are an embarrassment for the government as it is clear that it is failing in all aspects. Moreover, why would any hacker hack the account of an embassy that has less than 2,500 followers? It is more likely that someone from the embassy posted the grievances in order to create some noise. This way the government will be forced to do something about the issues government employees are facing.
It has become clear that the PTI government is struggling in all respects and now the world also knows it. It is embarrassing and Pakistan is in need of some crucial face-saving tactics because otherwise, it will lose all respect around the world, not that it has much currently. It is important that the government employs policies that would allow it to progress and it is extremely important for it to pay salaries of government employees on time because the state cannot function without its pillars of strength. The government must address the issues of the diplomats facing abroad.