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As the violence of a Taliban offensive mounts in government-controlled areas of Afghanistan, thousands of uses of the Twitter hashtag #SanctionPakistan have shown the dislike of many Afghans for the perceived role of the country’s eastern neighbor.

As of Wednesday, the hashtag had been used more than 730,000 times, with at least 37 percent of those tweets marked as originating in Afghanistan, according to data from social media insight company Talkwalker.

One of the main proponents of the trend was journalist Habib Khan Totakhil, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who used the hashtag to help raise voices.

“If you are Afghan or a friend of Afghanistan, speak up,” he tweeted Monday when #SanctionPakistan was first broadcast.

“Use whatever platform you have to support the Afghan call to end the proxy war. Afghanistan is under attack and needs you most now. #SanctionPakistan “.

If you are Afghan or have a friend of Afghanistan, get in touch. Use whatever platform you have to support the Afghan call to end the proxy war. Afghanistan is under attack and needs you most now. # SanctionPakistan

– Habib Khan (@HabibKhanT) August 9, 2021

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have grown strained in recent months, with high-ranking officials, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, accusing Pakistan of actively supporting the Taliban offensive, in which the group has had at least control of foreign troops since the finale began nine district capitals has taken retreat.

Pakistan denies supporting the armed group and its foreign ministry says it supports “an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process” that has stalled in recent months.

On Wednesday, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry hit his country’s critics, saying the blame lies with the Afghan military for being unable to hold its own.

“Since the 8th province falls to the Taliban, the people of Afghanistan and the USA have to question the so-called leadership of Afghanistan [as to] where disappeared the $ 2 trillion they were given to build the Afghan National Army? ”he said.

With the 8th province falling to the Taliban, will the people of Afghanistan and the people of the US have to question the so-called leadership of Afghanistan, which lost the $ 2 trillion they were given to build the Afghan national army? How is it that all ministers and generals became billionaires, however

– Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 11, 2021

“How is it that all ministers and generals became billionaires, but the people of Afghanistan suffer from poverty? Who is responsible for these sufferings? Leadership corruption is drowning nations and Afghanistan is an example of this. “

A day earlier, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, a think tank of the Pakistani government, published a study claiming that the hashtag #SanctionPakistan “on the 9th of an account was considered” sponsored “.

Widely used

Nonetheless, the hashtag has become more widespread among Afghans, including journalists and human rights activists.

“Pakistani State” [has] selected fewer than 100,000 Taliban fighters over 35 million Afghan people – today in every Afghan home [Pakistan] has an enemy, is it worth it? ”tweeted Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan human rights activist.

“Why can’t the Pakistani state choose to stand by the Afghan nation instead? Millions of them who have a lot in common with Pakistanis. “

The Pakistani state selected fewer than 100,000 Taliban fighters from over 35 million Afghan people – today in every Afghan homeland Pak has an enemy, is it worth it?
Why can’t the Pakistani state choose to stand by the Afghan nation instead? Millions of them who have a lot in common with Pakistanis https://t.co/9qkZAfjYSU

– Madam Frogh (@FroghWazhma) August 9, 2021

Daud Junbish, a prominent journalist, accused Pakistan of “supporting and directing terrorism”.

“Pakistan’s very existence depends on supporting and directing terrorism. Until this problem is resolved, the world will not be safe for anyone. #SanctionPakistan, “he tweeted.

Pakistan’s very existence depends on the support and control of terrorism. Until this problem is resolved, the world will not be safe for anyone. # SanctionPakistan

– Daud Junbish (@DaudJunbish) August 11, 2021

Others used the hashtag to share messages of solidarity with Afghan government forces currently fighting the Afghan Taliban.

“Guardian of our land and our dignity! #SanctionPakistan, ”said Samim Arif, an adviser to Afghan President Ghani, and shared the picture of an Afghan soldier bringing a civilian to safety.

Guardian of our country and our dignity! #SanctionPakistan pic.twitter.com/UMuOC7moRF

– Samim Arif (@SamimArif) August 10, 2021

Edris Lutfi, a former advisor to the Afghan government, opposed the apparent majority view, arguing that the Afghan leadership should be sanctioned.

“If you want to unite people? Give them a) a common leader ([President] Ghani failed because of his ethno-fascist agenda) or b) a common enemy (Pakistan) that Ghani is persecuting, ”he tweeted.

“However, the whole world played a role in getting Afghanistan here, but most importantly, the corruption and ethnic agenda of the political elite was to sanction it first.”

However, the whole world played a role in bringing Afghanistan here, but most importantly, it was the corruption and ethnic agenda of the political elite that must first be sanctioned.

– Edris Lutfi – Idris Lutfi (@EdrisLutfi) August 9, 2021

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