Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistani President, took a telephone call from a man pretending to be Pranab Mukherjee, India's Foreign Minister, on Friday, November 28, apparently without following the usual verification procedures, they said.
The hoax caller threatened to take military action against Pakistan in response to the then ongoing Mumbai attacks, which India has since blamed on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), they said.
Mr Zardari responded by placing Pakistan's air force on high alert and telephoning Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, to ask her to intervene.
This is funny. Admit it. Sure the stakes are high and tens or hundreds of millions could have died. But the fact that a phone caller can trick the President of Pakistan into putting the Pakistani air force on high alert is a hoot.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2008 December 07 10:48 AM Military War, Rumours Of War|