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Did Twitter kill Sunanda? Pak debates

chandigarh Updated: Jan 21, 2014 09:25 IST
HT Correspondent

Was the sudden, unnatural death of businesswoman Sunanda Pushkar, wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor, an outcome of Twitter wars. The debate is out in the Pakistani media as well.

The minister's alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, which she has denied on Twitter, is covered in the inside world-news pages on the other side but as observation of the Indian newspapers and television channels, and not in much detail.

The minister received a clean chit on Monday after autopsy suggested Sunanda Pushkar might have overdosed on a drug but Pakistan media question if it was related to the depression because of the suggested affair and the news' breaking out on Twitter.

Dawn, a popular newspaper across the border, also questions if it is "End of the road for 'Minister Twitter'?", referring to Tharoor, implying that his latest brush with controversy could impede his political career. "It is incorrect to blame social media for her death, because it was, by her own initial admission to media, Pushkar herself who brought this war of her with Tara out in public domain," writes another Pakistan English daily, The Nation, which also looks sceptically at the public opinion that she brought it upon herself.

Accusations of an affair first surfaced on Wednesday when unusual messages appeared on the Twitter account of the thrice-married Tharoor, who is also a novelist, a government spokesperson and a prolific tweeter, says The Express Tribune of Pakistan.

The message showed private exchanges purportedly between the minister (@shashitharoor) and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar (@mehrtarar), in which she had professed her love for him and said his wife had discovered their relationship.

"Hacked or not?: Shashi Tharoor's Twitter fiasco', reported the newspaper after the minister had gone public, saying his social media account had been broken into.