Peace, Says Pakistan After Twitter Fight With Israel Over Fake News

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Islamabad: Days after Pakistan threatened to launch a nuclear strike on Israel over a fake news story, Islamabad tried to soften its stand saying that the country wants to co-exist in peace with others.

“We desire to coexist in peace, both in our region and beyond,” Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted.

Pakistan and Israel had threatened each other of nuclear war after a fake news story caused tensions between the two nuclear nations.

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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 responded on his official Twitter handle threatening nuclear strike against Israel.
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.”

The spread of fake news on internet has been recently a matter of serious concern.

Recently, critics blamed Facebook for influencing the US elections in favour of President-elect Donald Trump by circulating a “host of fake news stories about political topics”.