Microblogging site Twitter has fast become the favoured tool for politicos the world over to engage voters and comment on developments. With the nation experiencing an unprecedented youth bulge, the astute among Pakistan’s politicians have been turning to social media in increasing number to engage the young.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has always been a step ahead of rivals when it comes to harnessing the internet and social media to woo voters. The party claims to be the nation’s first to develop a web portal and boast a social media presence.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lags behind by a wide margin. Party leaders say the vast majority of PML-N leaders, barring a few notables, continue to harbour ‘traditional’ views about social media.The Express Tribune has been tracking changes in Twitter follower counts of political heavyweights since the launch of PolTrack on March 30.
Other PTI leaders
Other PML-N leaders
PPP, MQM and PAT bigwigs
Story by: Shaheryar Popalzai and Rahima Sohail
Creative: Irfan Shaikh, Ibrahim Yahya and Saadat Ali