Pakistan's Minister of Defense apparently made a nuclear threat against Israel after reading a fake news story, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The false story, circulated by AWDNews.com, reported that former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said he would nuke Pakistan if it sent ground troops to Syria to battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The fake news story was riddled with spelling errors and typos and named the former Defense minister instead of the sitting minister.
After the fake news report, Pakistan's Defense Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted, "Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh.Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too AH."
Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh.Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too AH— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) December 23, 2016
The Israeli Defense Ministry tweeted to say the report was false.
@KhawajaMAsif reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false— Ministry of Defense (@Israel_MOD) December 24, 2016
"The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon re Pakistan was never said,” the ministry wrote in Twitter post directed at Asif. The Israeli ministry added in a second post: "Reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false."
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