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Fake news story sets off Israel-Pakistan Twitter feud
A fake news report erroneously attributing a nuclear threat against Pakistan by a former Israeli Defense Minister caused the Pakistani Minister of Defense to lash out on Twitter and remind Israel that 'Pakistan is a nuclear state too.'
A fake news story has touched off a tense Twitter confrontation between nuclear power Pakistan and Israel in an episode that underlines the potentially harmful impact of such stories in sensitive global affairs.

 

 

In an apparent response to a fake story claiming Israel's former defense minister threatened a nuclear attack against Pakistan if it sends troops to Syria, Pakistan's Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif reminded Israel that "Pakistan is a nuclear state too."

 

Pakistani Minister of Defense (Photo: Reuters) (Photo: Reuters)
Pakistani Minister of Defense (Photo: Reuters)
 

 

Israel's Defense Ministry tweeted back Saturday, saying the original story on the site AWD News was "totally fictitious."

 

AWD has been identified by fact-checking organizations as a fake news site.

 

Israel maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying the existence of an arsenal. Pakistan became a nuclear power in 1998. The countries have no diplomatic ties.

 

There was no immediate reaction from Pakistan to Israel's response.

 

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