It appears like the Pakistan defence minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, fell victim to a fake news article on Israel threatening to launch a nuclear strike against Pakistan. Asif immediately countered the news story, without realising it to be fake, by tweeting that Israel must not forget that Pakistan is capable of mounting a similar attack. “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh.Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too AH,” he wrote.
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Israel’s Ministry of Defence handle, however, clarified that the report referred by Asif was “entirely false”. “@KhawajaMAsif The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon re Pakistan was never said,” it wrote. The fake article, which first appeared on awdnews.com, even attributed a fictitious statement to a former Israeli defence minister, instead of the incumbent. The story ran under the headline: “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops into Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack (sic).”
Asif did not respond to Israel MoD’s tweet as of Sunday morning, and the tweet has been retweeted over 400 times already. A few of his followers had even pointed out that the story was fake.
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