Following a request by the federal government, Twitter has suspended Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s official account on the social media platform on Sunday.
When one goes to the handle @KhadimRizviReal a notification “Account suspended” is shown.
Earlier in the day, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari showed her displeasure over the government’s appeasement policy, highlighted the dangers of “appeasing non-state actors”.
The minister shared her thoughts on how “appeasement historically never works”, citing the example of the 1938 Munich pact in which Britain and France told Nazi Germany they would not object to its annexation of parts of the former Czechoslovakia.
Rizvi had critisised state institutions including the government, military and the judiciary on numerous occasions, most notably after a failed round of negotiations between the TLP and the government.
The government has claimed that the TLP was using Rizvi’s account and several other accounts on social media to spread misinformation about the Aasia Bibi case, as well as inciting workers to violence against state institutions.