The US Embassy in Pakistan released an apology regarding a retweet of an anti-government statement from an opposition leader who proposed Prime Minister Imran Khan would lose his seat just as President Donald Trump defeated by Joe Biden in US election 2020.
Ahsan Iqbal the senior member of PML-N tweeted when the US election result was announced declaring a win for Joe Biden over Donald Trump, “We have one in Pakistan too. He will be shown the way out soon,” soon in a surprising move US Embassy retweet the tweet from their U.S Embassy in Islamabad’s account.
The scenario started when Ahsan Iqbal shared a screenshot on Twitter connected to an article published in The Washington Post with the headline “Trump’s defeat is a blow for the world’s demagogues and dictators.”
We have one in Pakistan too. He will be shown way out soon. Insha Allah! pic.twitter.com/i1qOil7jvf— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) November 10, 2020
PML-N politician wrote, “We have one in Pakistan too. He will be shown the way out soon. Insha Allah”. Through the Tweet, Ahsan Iqbal mocked Pakistan premier by saying Khan resembles Donald Trump due to his egotism.
The retweet was enough for social media users to hold the embassy account accountable and after mush bashing, the next day, US Embassy said its Twitter account had been accessed without authorization.
“The U.S. Embassy does not endorse the posting or retweeting of political messages. We apologize for any confusion that may have resulted from the unauthorized post,” it said.
Dear Followers: The U.S. Embassy Islamabad Twitter account was accessed last night without authorization. The U.S. Embassy does not endorse the posting or retweeting of political messages. We apologize for any confusion that may have resulted from the unauthorized post.— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) November 11, 2020
After the U.S Embassy retweet, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari took to Twitter and said “US Embassy still working in Trumpian mode in support of convicted absconder & intervening brazenly in our internal politics.” Shireen Mazari also said in another tweet, “US Embassy must observe norms of diplomacy.”