Khawaja Asif directs nuclear threat at Israel after reading fake news

Published: December 25, 2016
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Defence Minister Khawaja Asif directed a nuclear threat to Israel in response to a fake news report that quoted Israeli defence minister threatening to “destroy [Pakistan] with a nuclear attack.”

The defence minister took to Twitter in a scathing post directed at Israel following the false report saying, “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh,” adding that “Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.”

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The fake story, titled “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack,” published on awdnews.com, even got the Israeli defence minister’s name wrong; attributing the statement to a former minister, Moshe Yaalon.

The typo-laden headline published on December 20 was not the first time a fake news article was posted on the website. Earlier, the website had published an article with the headline, “Clinton is staging a military coup against Trump.”

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The Israeli Defence Ministry responded on Twitter to clarify the report was false. “The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon re Pakistan was never said,” the ministry wrote in the post directed at Asif. In a second post it said, “Reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false.”

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Asif has not yet responded to the Israelis however, his post has been retweeted more than 400 times; many mocking him for his mistake.

The fake news phenomenon has sent major internet companies scrambling to respond amid claims that bogus reports that proliferated ahead of the US presidential election may have skewed the result.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Usman
    Dec 25, 2016 - 1:59PM

    Incompetent fool. Pakistan deserves better than this.Recommend

  • Mayor
    Dec 25, 2016 - 2:17PM

    Now you know why we Indians don’t take your nuke threats seriously. Recommend

  • Gaz
    Dec 25, 2016 - 2:21PM

    Just shows the level of intelligence of the people running Pakistan.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Dec 25, 2016 - 2:21PM

    By responding he has accepted Pakistani government role with Syrian crisis. Also he assumes that Israel is a nuclear weapon state. He response is also hatred towards minorities and Jews.Recommend

  • Yasser
    Dec 25, 2016 - 2:21PM

    Such an irresponsible statementRecommend

  • Hatim
    Dec 25, 2016 - 2:22PM

    Totally idiotic. He should resign. Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Dec 25, 2016 - 2:36PM

    It’s time Kh. Asif went on a long leave. We need people capable of understanding International affairs, instead of shooting off their Twitter responses.. Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Dec 25, 2016 - 3:03PM

    Fake news or not fake news, Khawaja Asif has merely stated a fact that we are a nuclear state. He hasn’t threatened anyone,simply stated a fact which nobody can deny.. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Dec 25, 2016 - 3:04PM

    Its good to show patriotism specially to outer world so that they could be under control, and it sent a clear message to everyone in the world that Pakistan is ready for all kind of situation.
    But a senior politician should do some research before giving any official statement as it also shows some sort of lack of responsibility.Recommend

  • Ella
    Dec 25, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Pakistan’s leadership is the laughing stock of the world !Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Dec 25, 2016 - 3:09PM

    Most stupid person to make to any ministry.. surpassed our PM.. Hats off :)Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Dec 25, 2016 - 3:14PM

    Defence Minister obviously an Axact grad !Recommend

  • Salman
    Dec 25, 2016 - 3:31PM

    Fake Elected Person Acting as a Fake Minister responded to Fake News Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:09PM

    Israel must be giggling at Khwaja Asif nuclear threat.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:25PM

    This man shoots off his mouth first, then thinks. No let me correct that: he never thinksRecommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:26PM

    water tested. its boiling hot dont even think of getting into it.Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:31PM

    Very very “alert” defence minister of Pakistan. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:46PM

    Gen. Zia killed over 5000 Palestinians during operation black September. Both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are indirect allies of Israel.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Dec 25, 2016 - 4:51PM

    Congratulations. Very nice way to introduce Pakistan and its Defense Minister to new administration in USA. First the famous Phone Call and now Atom Bomb. I am sure and so is probably many millions more that World Bank beurocrats are sacred to death now. Now Pakistan will have to triple fees to higher any lobbyist now to get release of $400 miilion and previous $300 millions which Americans are holding now. Koi Haya Hoti Hai, koi….Recommend

  • Waqar
    Dec 25, 2016 - 5:02PM

    Fake or No fake but the world should know that Pakistan possess Nuclear weapons and an advance delivery mechanism.. Our defense minister did the right thing and delivered the message loud and clear.. Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Dec 25, 2016 - 5:07PM

    This is highly atrocious by any stretch of imagination, talks about the overall ability of the country… Highly condemned act to say the least…Recommend

  • Bitter truth
    Dec 25, 2016 - 5:22PM

    Israel tried in the past to attack our nuclear facilities (Kahuta) but was unsuccessful. It’s an open secret that they wish to harm us but hasn’t got the opportunity as yet.Recommend

  • Oscar
    Dec 25, 2016 - 5:56PM

    Clown with a foot in his mouth , as always. Embarrassmenttous allRecommend

  • Asad khan
    Dec 25, 2016 - 6:07PM

    This is caled plural diplomacy and i am sure khawaja was well aware of news authenticity. It was to gauge weight and water. Defence minister responded quiet aggressively and appropriately as per his portfolio.. Recommend

  • kamal
    Dec 25, 2016 - 6:08PM

    Let’s make it a national anthem. First think which a Pakistani has to do everyday is to sing” we are a nuclear power and we will destroy you. After that he can do other work.Recommend

  • SHJ
    Dec 25, 2016 - 6:13PM

    Empty nuclear threats from Pakistan have become a daily affair. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Dec 25, 2016 - 6:20PM

    Fake country, fake defense minister, fake education fake news lead to a nuclear threat towards IsraelRecommend

  • Jadugar
    Dec 25, 2016 - 7:04PM

    Regardless of the authenticity of the News, The Defence Minister is absolutely Right in saying that those who threat and has an evil design against Pakistan should be made aware that it will faces consequences of their action.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 25, 2016 - 7:55PM

    Oh God please dont let Kh. Asif be photographed next to a nuke sacrificing a goat!

    Still waiting for the day we get sensible Govt in Pakistan…sigh!Recommend

  • An Indian
    Dec 25, 2016 - 7:55PM

    No one can beat Pakistanis when it comes to threatening others with Nuclear weapons. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 25, 2016 - 8:11PM

    Pakistanis should read about how Israel raided and destroyed Iraqi nuclear installations during Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1981. Read about “Operation Opera” or “Operation Babylon”. Israeli fighter jets flew over Turkey and Saudi Arabia, totally undetected, bombed and destroyed Iraqi nuclear reactor and returned safely. On the way they even refueled the fighter jets mid-air.
    Watch this youtube report which is very interesting and worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWA2pthTBiM

    Also read on the operation here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Opera

    Israel has always surprised the world with its bravery and successful operations. It has conducted daring and successful operations which even USA, France and Germany had hesitated. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Dec 25, 2016 - 8:43PM

    How is the poor guy expected to respond. After all, he has to prove his patriotism to the gang everytime. Or else the tweeting bird will upstage him. Although, after his transfer to a new post under the new boss, the tweeting bird has lost his zeal.Recommend

  • jkhjk
    Dec 25, 2016 - 8:56PM

    Fake or not.I like the way he responded!Recommend

  • Uzair
    Dec 25, 2016 - 8:59PM

    Fake defense minister would believe fake news. UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements is a welcomed step though. Recommend

  • Last Word
    Dec 25, 2016 - 9:02PM

    @Lumdheeng:
    India do the same after receiving nuclear threats umpteenth times from the Pak Defence minister. Recommend

  • Mudassir
    Dec 25, 2016 - 10:01PM

    Khwaja Asif, show some courage and maturity. An apology is in order.Recommend

  • Sad but true
    Dec 25, 2016 - 11:45PM

    Just threats and no outcome.Recommend

  • Titan
    Dec 26, 2016 - 3:32AM

    Dumb leader of dumb nation.Recommend

  • BlackHat
    Dec 26, 2016 - 7:53AM

    @Salman: Hah hah, good one.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 26, 2016 - 10:14AM

    @raj bhai I respect your knowledge. But this is not 1984 and Pakistan is not Iraq. :-) Recommend

  • patriot
    Dec 26, 2016 - 12:36PM

    @Pakistani:
    but something happened in 2011 in Pakistan that is not very different from what happened in 1984 in Iraq.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 26, 2016 - 2:02PM

    Whatever he said, said perfect…
    If it is false news then ignore our statement, if it is somewhere in ur heart like a rat then read our statement again…Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 26, 2016 - 2:08PM

    If it is fake news then ignore our statement, if it is somewhere in ur heart which we already knw then read the statement again…Recommend

  • Kashif
    Dec 27, 2016 - 12:42PM

    For once, our Def. Minister responded appropriately. Many times fake news is placed there to test the reaction and response. He said the right thing and the message was loud and clear! Whether fake or not, we will respond in kind! Good stuff!Recommend

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