According to reports, new DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar has no official Twitter handle.
The report came after several Twitter accounts with the name of Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar surfaced as he replaced Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor as the new director-general of Inter-Services Public Relations.
These fake accounts of DG ISPR Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar garnered millions of followers within few hours yesterday with one account even racking up 10,000 followers at the end of the day. Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar was appointed the new DG ISPR yesterday on January 16th.
Pakistan’s new military spokesman has no social media accounts – Major General Babar Iftikhar was named DG ISPR on January 16 to replace Major General Asif Ghafoor and within hours several fake Twitter accounts appeared in his name – one had almost 10,000 followers by day’s end— FactCheckPakistan (@PakistanCheck) January 17, 2020
It is, however, not clear yet if DG ISPR Maj Gen Iftikhar Babar will be using any other social media account besides the official social media pages of ISPR.
Meanwhile, people are anticipating the proactive Twitter presence of new DG ISPR Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar similar to his predecessor, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.
Former DG ISPR was an active social media user, who had been at the forefront in busting the propaganda by enemies. Several times he resorted to preemptive measures alerting the nation and global audience of the vindictive intentions of India to target Pakistan.
From addressing key press conferences through his tweets, DG Ghafoor takes a sturdy approach to smash the vile propaganda from India and libelous targets on armed forces within the country.
From highlighting the persecution of Kashmiris and Indian Muslims, he is utilizing the social media trend to bring forth all that is bad with the BJP government.
DG ISPR’s profound comprehension enables him to tailor his speeches and assertions concerning the situation.
From mocking Bollywood for producing a movie on Abhinandan Varthaman, Indian Air Force Wing Commander, he has even slammed the intimidating statements by Indian armed forces on his Twitter account.
He even spearheaded several social media campaigns against the ultra-nationalistic government of BJP on social media.
ISPR has been relentlessly working towards building a narrative against India, highlighting its complicity in bolstering terrorism in the region.
ISPR’s role has been modified particularly after the mini aerial combat between IAF and PAF in February this year that Pakistan sealed with triumph and India’s abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A on Kashmir in August.
Appreciation from India twice poured in for ISPR’s exceptional and proactive role in information warfare during the tenure of former DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor.
Cybersecurity chief of India, Lt Gen Rtd Rajesh Pant and Indian General Rtd. Syed Ata Hasnain alerted Indian armed forces of its weak communication strategy against Pakistan in information warfare.