PTI has accused PPP of snatching Ehsaas’ digital assets on Twitter and renaming it to a fake Ministry of Poverty Alleviation account. PTI condemned the move and urged PPP leader and Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Shazia Atta Marri to look into the matter.
According to the details, PTI claimed that Ehsaas’ – which is a social welfare program – Twitter account was hacked and renamed to a fake Ministry of Poverty Alleviation by a former social media member of PPP who was hired by the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) as a social media consultant.
PTI revealed that before the breach, Ehsaas had 164000 followers on Twitter, and three years’ worth of activities and data was preserved in the account, which have now been removed.
PTI also revealed that BISP already has access to the official data because the PTI government handed them over when the coalition government of PML-N and PPP took over.
🧵: We want to report a very serious issue that @Ehsaas_PK's official digital assets have been snatched and renamed to a fake Ministry of Poverty Alleviation account unethically by a PPP’s former SM member (recently hired as a social media consultant at BISP). pic.twitter.com/xblaSErMG1
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 9, 2022
“We strongly condemn this cheap and low act and will also urge Shazia Atta Marri to take notice and return the assets to the Ehsaas team,” PTI said.
PTI’s flood relief operation at stake?
PTI also said that such digital platforms play an important role in reaching out to the greater public, especially with PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent plans of providing aid to the flood victims.
To clarify, Imran Khan recently raised Rs 5 billion in donations for the flood victims. He assured the flood-hit people that PTI would stand by them and play its role in their rehabilitation. Imran Khan said the party would allocate funds on the basis of the recommendations of his team which is being led by Dr. Sania Nishtar, the founder of Ehsaas.
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Reacting to the news by PTI, netizens have been criticizing PPP and demanding that they return the digital assets.
“This is shameful! We already lack authentic social media platforms working as information and help centers, connecting the masses with the government. Ehsaas is needed critically right now given the flood situation. Ehsaas’ social media would’ve helped so much!” one netizen lamented.
This is shameful!
We already lack authentic social media platforms working as information & help centers, connecting masses with the govt.
Ehsaas card is needed critically rn given the flood situation. Ehsaas' social media would've helped so much!!#امپورٹڈ_حکومت_نامنظور !!
— Samee'a Jamal (@PakistanKhanam) September 9, 2022