Rehman Malik falls for ET’s April Fool’s prank

Published: April 1, 2017

ISLAMABAD: A hoax news item The Express Tribune ran on its website as an April Fool’s Day prank elicited a serious reaction from none other than former interior minister Rehman Malik on Saturday.

The Pakistan Peoples Party leader expressed ‘serious reservations’ after falling for the joke report titled ‘New Islamabad airport to be named Xi Jinping airport’,  warning the government that his party would take the issue to an ‘extreme level’ if it tried to the rename the airport currently named after late PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto.

New Islamabad airport to be named Xi Jinping airport

“The government should avoid taking any steps which may hurt the feelings of the public,” Malik said in a statement issued to the media with the label ‘very important’. “There is no precedent in the past to rename organizations [or facilities] which are named after national heroes,” he said.

The former minister added that no one should forget the services Benazir Bhutto rendered for the sake of democracy and the general public. He asked the government for a clarification on the hoax report.

Despite repeated attempts, The Express Tribune was unable to directly contact Malik for his version on the story.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Vaqar Khan
    Apr 1, 2017 - 10:49PM

    Irrespective of this being a nice prank which Mr Malik did not pick up, I would like to say that it is the existing Islamabad airport is named after Benazir Bhutto. The new airport should not be named after her too. There are other deserving names such as Mr Liaquat Ali Khan and Mr Edhi.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Apr 2, 2017 - 1:04AM

    He’s a all time fool not just April. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Apr 2, 2017 - 1:05AM

    I think Xi Jinping would be better. It will show appreciation for our good relations.Recommend

  • Riz
    Apr 2, 2017 - 7:17AM

    Prank, come on media show some value Recommend

  • mirestan
    Apr 2, 2017 - 7:47AM

    A fool will always remain the fool.Recommend

  • Ayesha Aly
    Apr 2, 2017 - 9:14AM

    What else you expect from a person like Rehman MalikRecommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 2, 2017 - 2:20PM

    @Vaqar Khan: To avoid stupid controversy and the fact its the nations capital it should simply be called Islamabad International.Recommend

  • Really
    Apr 3, 2017 - 5:13AM

    But that is to be quite thankless to Shaheed Liaquat Ali Khan who was assassinated in the Rawalpindi-Islamabad area. The nation is already forgetting the selfless services he devoted to Pakistan movement and thereafter as the first PM of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Apr 3, 2017 - 9:36AM

    That was a seriously ridiculous prank. Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Apr 3, 2017 - 10:31AM

    It would have been wise not to mention Chinese leadership in the prank in view of of our excellent strategic relations with China. Even in pranks sometimes diplomatic sensitivities have to be taken care of.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Apr 3, 2017 - 3:04PM

    An undesirable and disgusting prank. Media grow upRecommend

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