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US Embassy in Pakistan apologizes after Twitter account retweets anti-Trump message

US Embassy in Pakistan apologizes after Twitter account retweets anti-Trump message
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The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan on Wednesday apologized after its Twitter account retweeted a Pakistani political opposition leader promoting an anti-Trump message. 

The embassy said its Twitter account was accessed without authorization. 

“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,” it said.

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The account had retweeted a message from Ahsan Iqbal, a senior leader in the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, who suggested Trump’s defeat in the U.S. election signaled support for ousting Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Iqbal did not name the prime minister in the tweet. 

The tweet was a screenshot of a Washington Post headline reading “Trump’s defeat is a blow for the world’s demagogues and dictators” and a comment from Iqbal reading “We have one in Pakistan too. He will be shown way out soon. Insha Allah! [If Allah wills it].”

Multiple media reported that the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad retweeted Khan’s tweet on Tuesday, before issuing the apology on Wednesday.  

The embassy's retweet drew criticism from prominent Pakistani officials, who accused the U.S. of meddling in internal Pakistani politics.

Shireen Mazari, Pakistan’s minister of human rights, called it “unacceptable” that someone in the U.S. embassy was “pushing a particular [political] party’s agenda,” the Voice of America first reported.

Imran Ismail, a senior ruling party leader and Governor of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, accused the U.S. of violating diplomatic protocols and called it “absurd” to promote a tweet critical of Pakistan’s prime minister, VOA reported.

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