Pakistan Elections 2013: What Are The Pakistani Politicians Saying On Twitter?

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Much has changed in terms of political campaigning in these five years. With the advent of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, which by the way are used avidly in Pakistan, the politicians can easily and effectively connect to the masses and the masses, can at least openly voice their political opinions.

Much has changed in terms of political campaigning in these five years.  With the advent of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, which by the way are used avidly in Pakistan, the politicians can easily and effectively connect to the masses and the masses, can at least openly voice their political opinions.

Not just the public but many politicians have become social media-savvy which is quite an uncommon thing in a country like Pakistan. They are mostly viewed as corrupt, blood-sucking parasites that seldom have the courage to reach out to the masses. But things have changed (At least in the reaching out part, we’re not so sure about the ‘corrupt’ part).

Politicians in Pakistan now appear on television, although they fight for hours on the meaningless political talk shows, they at least show up and try to come up with explanations and arguments. This never used to happen almost a decade ago.

On Facebook and Twitter, we see a considerable amount of pages and official accounts of high-profile politicians such as Pervez Musharraf and Imran Khan, who basically were probably the first ones to initiate this trend.  Later on, many others followed and brought their political party’s agenda to the social media.

With elections just round the corner, prominent leaders and workers of political parties are busy in sending out their messages to their followers, especially on Twitter. It’s actually quite interesting to see how the platform is being “utilized” and not being wasted.

Check out some elections’ tweets from prominent Pakistani political parties and personalities on Twitter:

1- Imran Khan:

Imran Khan

Founder of Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI), his Twitter page is by far the most updated account among Pakistani politicians. The former cricketer recently had a terrible accident during his election campaigning rally and got severely injured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2- Marvi Memon:

Marvi Memon

Central public figure of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), a strong political party of the country, Marvi Memon is also on Twitter and is thoroughly supporting and promoting her party through her tweets.

 

 

 

 

 

2- Shahbaz Sharif:

Another major political figure from Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and brother of the founder of the party Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif has also been very busy in promoting his party online. They face tough competition from PTI in their province Punjab.

 

 

 

 

4- Rehman Malik:

Rehman Malik

The most popular former Federal Interior Minister, Senior Member Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Peoples Party which was the former ruling government of Pakistan. Malik is quite famous for his tweets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5- Jahangir Khan Tareen:

Jahangir Khan Tareen

Businessman, farmer, politician and a prominent member of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI), Tareen also owns a Twitter handle and is proudly promoting his party’s agenda.

 

 

 

 

6- Maryam Nawaz Sharif:

Maryam Nawaz Sharif

Daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, she is an active member and central political figure of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawz).

 

 

 

 

7- Sherry Rehman:

Sherry Rehman

A Pakistan Peoples Party member, Rehman is a political journalist and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S.

 

 

 

 

8- Asad Umar:

Asad Umar

Prominent member of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI), Asad Umar is a former business administrator and an avid user of social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9- Sharmila Farooqi:

Sharmila Farooqi

Notorious for her tweets, Farroqi is a prominent Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) politician who served as advisor to the Chirf Minister of Sindh province.

Not only is her Twitter page full of pro-PPP tweets, she is also busy in a lot of mud-splashing.

 

 

 

9- Faisal Sabzwari:

Faisal Sabzwari

Political worker for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and a candidate for the elections in Karachi, Sabswari served as Minister for Youth Affairs (Sindh) for two terms.

 

 

There are more Pakistani politicians who use Twitter but these ten are by far the most active ones. For more updates on Pakistan Elections 2013, stay connected to our website.

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