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DG ISPR blocking Twitter accounts: Reports

Twitteratis are sharing screenshots of them being blocked from DG ISPR's Twitter account. Many netizens have questioned the reason for them being blocked.

It seems that the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) is taking strict measures against PTI Twitteratis. Many netizens are claiming that the official account of the Pakistan Army i.e. DG ISPR, has blocked them on Twitter.

Twitteratis are sharing screenshots of them being blocked from DG ISPR’s Twitter account. Many netizens have questioned the reason for them being blocked.

However, there are speculations that they may have been blocked because they criticized the Pakistan Army for not appreciating the ousted PTI government’s role in Pakistan completing the action plans of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

To clarify, FATF declared both Action Plans (2018 and 2021) of Pakistan as complete. FATF has authorized an onsite visit to the country, as a final step to exit from the FATF’s grey list.

Read more: FATF and its contradictory policies

Thursday, DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar, in a Twitter post, said the completion of FATF’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terror Financing (CFT) action plans by Pakistan is a great achievement and a monumental effort paving way for whitelisting.

“Core cell at GHQ [General Headquarters] which steered the national effort & civil-military team which synergized implementation of action plan made it possible, making Pak proud,” he quoted Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as saying.

DG ISPR blocks Twitteratis

According to Twitteratis, the entire credit goes to the previous government led by former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The former Energy Minister Hammad Azhar too deserves praise as he was the Chairman of Pakistan’s AML and CFT Group. Under the previous government, led by PTI, Pakistan made significant progress which FATF too recognized.

“Since June 2018, when Pakistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen its AML/CFT regime and to address its strategic counter-terrorist financing-related deficiencies, Pakistan’s continued political commitment has led to significant progress across a comprehensive CFT action plan,” the FATF statement said during the last meeting which was held during Imran Khan’s tenure.

Read more: FATF grey list: Hina Rabbani sparks criticism for not appreciating PTI efforts

Therefore, Twitteratis are not taking kindly to any authority figure not hailing the previous government. The incumbent government came under heavy criticism when it congratulated Pakistan on its success.

https://twitter.com/p4pakipower/status/1537809306569031681?s=20&t=ZTECaxPQmrh6lwqcXRZC6g