Pakistan is not closing down its consulate in Kandahar
The Pakistan consulate in Kandahar Twitter account got hacked
Claim: Pakistan is shutting down its consulate in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to protest against the Taliban government.
Fact: The official Twitter account of the Consulate General of Pakistan, Kandahar, was hacked on 2 December 2022. The hacked account tweeted the false claim that the consulate would shut down for two days to protest against the Taliban government.
Various users picked up the false claim to claim that Pakistan is shutting down its consulate in Kandahar.
Fact or Fiction?
On 2 December 2022, the Pakistan embassy in Kabul was attacked. The foreign office strongly condemned the attack but added that operations would continue as normal. According to the foreign office, the main target of the attack was Head of Mission Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizami, who remained unharmed. A security guard was injured in the assault.
Later the same day, the official Twitter account of the Consulate General in Kandahar was hacked. The hacker tweeted, “Pakistan Govt strongly urges Local Taliban Militia to take strong actions against TTP Militants who have bloods of innocent Pakistanis on their hands & not provide safe heaven in Pashtuns dominated areas. As a mark of Protest @PakinKandahar will remain close for next 2 days.”
“This may be a first step in severing diplomatic ties between Pakistan & Local Taliban Militia government,” read the second tweet.
The account was shortly recovered by the consulate, who issued an apology for the matter.
Official account of Consulate General of Pakistan Kandahar was hacked a while ago which was immediately recovered. Unsolicited tweets have been deleted. The Consulate offers sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. The matter is being reported to Twitter.
— Consulate General of Pakistan, Kandahar (@PakinKandahar) December 2, 2022
The tweet from the hacked account was exaggerated to say that the consulate will be shutting down, which is not true. The viral claim appeared to be shared mainly by users of Indian origin.
The claim was primarily shared on Twitter. It was first shared by Indian journalist Aditya Raj Kaul. His tweet received 1,666 likes, 307 retweets and 15 quote tweets. The false claim was also shared here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The claim was shared on Facebook here, here, and here.
Conclusion: The Pakistan Consulate in Kandahar is not shutting down in protest. The Consulate General’s official Twitter account was hacked.