8 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts on Pakistan

Important Twitter accounts to follow for the latest developments in Pakistan.


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Pakistan is the third largest Muslim country in the world after Indonesia and India, respectively. With more than 180 million people, Pakistan is the sixth most populous nation on earth, and has a small but active Twitter community.

What do Pakistanis like to discuss on social media sites like Twitter?

Like their Indian neighbors, Pakistani Twitter users are eager to have a platform to discuss and express their views on the latest trends in politics, business and current affairs.

While Western media typically portrays Pakistan as a country riddled with corruption, instability and terrorism, the following Twitter users try to paint a very different picture of their country by advocating greater transparency, accountability, human rights and the rule of law.

1. Sharmeen Obaid

Bio: Academy and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Sharmeen’s work centers on human rights and women’s issues. She has worked with refugees and marginalized communities from Saudi Arabia to Syria and from Timor Leste to the Philippines.

Tweets about: Pakistani history and culture, gender and ethnic equality, foreign affairs.

2. Kiyya Baloch

Bio: Freelance journalist associated with the Daily Times based in Islamabad.

Tweets about: Foreign affairs, Baloch insurgency, militancy and sectarian violence in Balochistan. Read Kiyya’s work here.

3. Majyd Aziz

Bio: Former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of SME Bank Ltd and Senior Advisor for the Washington, DC-based Pakistan for Transnational Strategy Group.

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Tweets about: Business, economics, South Asian politics.

4. Nadeem Qureshi

Bio: Chairman of the liberal Pakistani political party Mustaqbil Pakistan.

Tweets about: Domestic Pakistani politics, reform and democracy.

5. Senge Sering

Bio: Researcher and human rights advocate. Senge was born in the UN declared disputed region of Gilgit-Baltistan which remains in Pakistani control since 1948. He manages Washington, DC-based Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies.

Tweets about: Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, India and China.

6. Ahmar Mustikhan

Bio: Senior most Balochistan English writer based in the West. He has worked in newsrooms in Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Tweets about: Balochistan, ethnic and religious tolerance.

7. Farooq Yousaf

Bio: Program consultant and editor at the Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad.

Tweets about: South Asian history and politics, peace and conflict issues.

8. Malik Siraj Akbar

Bio: Editor-in-chief of The Baloch Hal, Balochistan’s first online English language newspaper. He was formerly a 2010-11 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University and a 2012 Regan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington, DC.

Tweets about: Democracy, human rights, Balochistan, Pakistan.

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