Monday, December 8, 2008

Nuclear Exchange Almost Initiated Over Hoax

from Mitch Battros - Earth Changes Media

A hoax call that was made to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari last week by a man, who pretended he was Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee, set off a near nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India.

As international concern mounted over the vulnerability of the Pakistani civilian leadership to such a dangerous hoax, the Pakistan government made a thinly veiled accusation against India for setting off the controversy by disclosing the details to the Pakistani media.

The Nov. 28 call, which was disclosed for the first time Saturday, came at the height of the three-day siege in Mumbai of luxury hotels and a Jewish center. The attacks -- and the phone call -- have highlighted a fragile peace between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

An Indian foreign ministry official denied any suggestion that anyone in their government had made the call. The official said it was a Pakistani effort to deflect attention from the country's role in the Mumbai attacks. The fallout from the hoax phone call has been real and almost nuclear. Not only did Pakistan put its air force on alert -- a day later, two security officials told reporters that Pakistani troops fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda along the western border with Afghanistan were ordered east toward India if New Delhi made any moves to mobilize its forces.


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