The ministry of foreign affairs on Friday announced that the social media accounts of Pakistan Embassy in Serbia have been hacked.
In a tweet, the ministry said that the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of the embassy have been hacked and the messages being posted on those accounts are not from the embassy.
Earlier, the official Twitter account of Pakistan’s embassy in Serbia tweeted criticism targeting Prime Minister Imran Khan, citing rising inflation and alleged non-payment of salaries for three months.
The tweet stated: “With inflation breaking all previous records, how long do you expect @ImranKhanPTI that we government officials will remain silent & keep working for you without been paid for past 3 months & our children been forced out of school due to non payment of fees. Is this #NayaPakistan?”
Under the above tweet, the account posted another tweet saying: “I am sorry @ImranKhanPTI, am not left with another option.”
The tweets have since been deleted.
Later, according to a news outlet, the embassy also said the account had been hacked and a “baseless” tweet was posted on it from a device in Karachi. “The Twitter account of the Embassy of Pakistan [in] Belgrade, Serbia (@PakinSerbia) was hacked and logged in from a Chrome desktop on a Windows device in Karachi, Pakistan at 05:59 hours local time (09:59 PST),” a statement issued by the embassy said, adding that a message was posted from the hacked account at 6:59am local time (10:59 PST), which was not from the embassy.
“After the hacking of the Twitter account, a baseless and unfactual post was […] made regarding the non-payment of salaries. This was totally false and far from reality.”
According to the statement, all of its employees are paid their salaries regularly, “and there is no disruption in the education of the children of [its] officers and staff.”
“The embassy is receiving funds from Islamabad on a regular basis,” the statement added.
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