The Social Media Trends against the institutions see a significant decline after a clear direction from Former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

According to the report of Pakpapers, three anti-army hashtags along with #ImportedHakoomatNamanzoor (imported government unacceptable), were among the top trends on Twitter in Pakistan yesterday. In such trends, the army and judiciary were targeted.

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According to the report, 3 anti-military hashtags were among the top trends in addition to ‘Imported Government Unacceptable’ yesterday; file photo: AFP

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIA) appears to be slowing down its crackdown on those involved in the campaign, following a decline in the organized campaigns against social networking sites, particularly the military.

However, the FIA ​​claims that it does not have the capability to analyze complete data on such campaigns online.

As anti-army trends had a few thousand tweets, the #GhaltiSudharoElectionKarwao reached 140,000 tweets, while 300,000 tweets were made with the hashtag ‘Imported government unacceptable’.

During the last seven days, 591,000 tweets have been made under this hashtag, according to a PTI social media wing official who is monitoring such data. However, a strong trend was witnessed on Twitter against the army and judiciary, with over 20,000 tweets in the days following Mr. Khan’s ouster on April 10.

An official source said that the FIA’s prompt action against social media activists believed to be supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had slowed down after the malicious campaign against the army and judiciary subsided.

He said that anti-military and anti-judiciary hashtags on Twitter and other online sites have been declining for two main reasons, one is the intervention of PTI leadership and the other is the action of law enforcement agencies.

He said raids on the homes of Imran Khan’s focal person on digital media, Dr. Arsalan Khalid, and some other PTI social media workers had helped stop the campaign.

On April 10, a systematic campaign was launched by social media activists from home and abroad against the institutions, with most of the social media workers affiliated with PTI allegedly avoiding FIA action.

PTI sources said that the campaign against institutions was becoming a top trend on social media so some senior party leaders had requested Imran Khan to send a clear message to party supporters not to target the army and judiciary which creates something that is not good for the party’s interests in the future.

He said that apparently following this advice, Imran Khan had a few days ago talked to about 500,000 users around the world through Spaces (a live audio feature on Twitter) and made it clear to his supporters that don’t speak against Army. This had a somewhat positive effect on them as pro-military comments were also seen on social media platforms the next day.

In a week-long operation, the FIA ​​arrested about 17 suspects in Punjab on charges of involvement in a campaign against the agencies that began after the removal of the former prime minister through a no-confidence motion.

Some were released after a brief interrogation, while others were not produced in court.
The FIA’s anti-terrorism and cybercrime wing, which conducted the operation in conjunction with an intelligence agency, kept the matter a secret.

Sources say the FIA ​​failed to arrest more than 30 suspects who were involved in the systematic operation identified by the intelligence agency. Intelligence agencies provided the FIA ​​with a list of 50 operatives to be arrested.

Sources said that the FIA ​​does not have the capability to analyze complete online data related to such a campaign.

He said the FIA ​​usually pursues people who are carrying out such defamatory campaigns against the organization (on social media) but it has millions of social media posts for concrete action and future strategy. There is a lack of both technology and human resources for analysis.

The source added that the FIA ​​usually asks the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to remove such defamatory posts and writes to Twitter and Facebook to close such accounts.

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