Pakistan Defence Minister Threatens Israel With Nuclear Retaliation After Reading Fake News

Swarajya Staff

Dec 27, 2016, 12:55 PM | Updated 12:55 PM IST

Benjamin Netanyahu.
Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pakistan and Israel has been led to a verbal feud, threatening each other of nuclear war after a fake news story caused tensions between the two nuclear nations. According to a report on CNN on Monday, in an article published by AWDNews on Tuesday, December 20, former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon was falsely quoted as threatening to destroy Pakistan if it sent troops to Syria.

"We will destroy them with a nuclear attack," the article falsely quoted Yaalon as saying. Mistaking the news as real, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif responded on his official Twitter handle saying, “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh,” adding that “Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.”

Soon, Israeli Ministry of Defence responded to Pakistan on Twitter, saying that the Yaalon's statement quoted in the report was entirely false. "The statement attributed to (former Defence Minister) Yaalon (regarding) Pakistan was never said," the ministry tweeted on its account, adding "Reports referred to by the Pakistani Defence Minister are entirely false."

Later on Christmas, Asif said in a tweet that their nuclear programme was only a "deterrence to protect" their freedom. "We desire to coexist in peace, both in our region and beyond," Asif tweeted.

With inputs from IANS.

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