Pakistan defence minister issues nuclear threat against Israel in response to fake news article

Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif speaks at a news conference in Islamabad  [file photo]REUTERS/Mian Khursheed PAKISTAN
Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif speaks at a news conference in Islamabad [file photo]REUTERS/Mian Khursheed PAKISTAN
Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has tweeted a nuclear threat against Israel after falling victim to a fake news article, which claimed that Israel had warned Pakistan against intervening in Syria.

On Friday, Asif tweeted: “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming Pak role in Syria against Daesh. Israel forgets Pakistan is a nuclear state too.”

Israel Radio on Saturday clarified that Asif’s outburst was in response to an article that was entirely false on a website named AWD News. The fake news article quoted ex-Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon as saying that Israel would destroy Pakistan if the country sent ground forces to Syria to eliminate Islamic State (Isis). Ya’alon left the defence ministry in May and was replaced by the current Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

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SOURCES: News Now/ International Business Time

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