The online feud between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leaders and supporters had local Twitter users abuzz, as the battle quickly moved from exchanges about Malala to outright trolling.
The war of words began on October 12, when PTI leader Asad Umar tweeted a reply regarding the teen activist's desire to become Pakistan's prime minister one day.
Bilawal Bhutto, who was tagged in the earlier tweet, took the opportunity to criticise PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Not one to hold back, Asad Umar responded to the criticism.
What followed was an outpouring of rage by PTI followers on both Twitter and Facebook. Tweets about the online exchange went viral, and became Facebook memes.
The young Bhutto replied to a number of PTI supporters, but also managed to sneak in a few potshots at the Insaafians.
@umairaa haha, ya ur peace match bs is just as brave as Malala. Cameron had hug a hoodie. IK has hug a Talib.cricket isn't gonna end terror.— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) October 13, 2013
Last night, Bilawal signed off with a smile and hashtag directed at the PTI, some of whom have continued trolling him.
I'm really looking forward 2 next election whn the ppl of Pakhtunkhwa will flush this jali tsunami down the toilet. #goodnighttrolls :-)— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) October 14, 2013