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Twitter users call to #SanctionPakistan for Afghanistan role

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A Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.
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Pakistan officials denied they supported the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

The hashtag #SanctionPakistan was used on Thursday by an ex-Wall Street Journal reporter after he received notice that his account violated the laws of Pakistan.

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Habib Khan Totakhil, a journalist and critic of Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan, helped the hashtag trend, alleging that Islamabad played a part in supporting the Taliban’s takeover.

The writer posted commentary which caused #SanctionPakistan to go viral last month on the platform.

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His tweets were echoed by many supporters of former Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani and human rights groups.

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However, Pakistan officials denied the journalist’s statements.

Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Afghanistan’s fall to Taliban forces was the result of failure on behalf of the nation’s military.

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The Pakistan Foreign Ministry also disputed that the country aided the group, saying it supports only “an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace process, according to Al Jazeera.

A report from a Pakistan-sponsored think tank, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, claimed the hashtag “was artificially pushed on 9th and 10th August by mostly Indian and Afghan-sponsored accounts.” 

The institute did not provide additional details on how they were "sponsored."

Not all of those affiliated with Afghanistan’s former government agreed with the hashtag.

Edris Lutfi, an ex-consultant to Ghani’s administration, said dissenters should first look to the corruption within Afghanistan’s preceding leadership before uniting against Pakistan as a “common enemy.”