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Pakistan's Defense Minister Threatens Nuclear War Over Fake News

Pakistan’s defense minister threatened to launch a nuclear attack on Israel after being duped by fake news over the weekend. In response to a made-up story published by AWDNews on Friday, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted, “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh (Islamic State). Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.” He was responding to a bogus report that the Israeli defense minister had threatened to “destroy” Pakistan with a “nuclear attack” if the country sent ground troops into Syria. The Israeli Defense Ministry later confronted Asif on Twitter to stop the unnecessary showdown, clarifying that Israel had not in fact threatened Pakistan with nuclear weapons.