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Pakistan’s defense minister threatens Israel with nuclear war after reading fake news report
This is not OK.
The continued proliferation of fake news has led a gunman to shoot up a pizzeria and has forced the Pope to compare it to getting turned on by feces. But it’s not unimaginable to think that the untrue news items could lead to even direr consequences. Like nuclear war, for instance.
That report was fake, but this tweet made by Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s defense minister, was all too real.
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
Asif immediately faced online backlash for the vaguely threatening tweet, especially since the fake news story wrote that Israel’s Foreign Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon made the initial comment when, in fact, he left that job last May. Israel also has never publicly confirmed it even has nuclear capabilities, so for a government official to cavalierly bring it up in the way Ya’alon was alleged to have done wouldn’t have made much sense.
Even so, Israe’s Ministry of Defense took to Twitter to respond.
Asif has not yet responded on Twitter.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.