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General Qamar Bajwa

A day after General Qamar Bajwa’s appointment as Pakistan’s new army chief, DG ISPR Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa has clarified on Sunday that the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has no presence on social media.

In a message posted on Twitter, the DG ISPR stated that all Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platform IDs and accounts on General Qamar Bajwa’s name are fake.

General Qamar Bajwa was appointed as the 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday. He will take command of the Pakistan Army from incumbent Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on November 29. After the government had announced its decision to appoint General Qamar Bajwa as the new army chief, some accounts emerged on Facebook and Twitter in his name.

Social media has revolutionised modern communication techniques and is very helpful in the spread of information in no time, but it also lacks credibility in certain cases, especially when it comes to fake accounts of key personalities. The issue of fake social media account is a national, as well as an international problem. Various famous figures, including celebrities and prominent figure of the state, have been victims of fake social accounts.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, in a recent incident, directed authorities to block fake social media accounts carrying his name.

Pakistan government, taking action against these incidents introduced Electronic Crime Law recently. According to the Electronic Crime law, any person who uses the identity of another person without authorization shall be punished with incarceration for three years or a fine which may extend to five million rupees, or with both. Moreover, spreading the false information on any website is also a crime.

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