2008 December 07 Sunday
Imposter Almost Causes India-Pakistan War

This really happened.

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

AS said at December 7, 2008 12:23 PM:

Wow. I just found this really sad.

Anonymous Coward said at December 7, 2008 5:52 PM:

Another possibility is that the call was real, but that US and other third party pressure caused India to back down, and this is a convenient fiction to erase the actual conversation from the diplomatic record.

Bob Badour said at December 8, 2008 9:20 AM:

It is a hoot. It would be like some disc jockey in Montreal convincing the US President he was the President of France calling.

Did my eyes deceive me or have I actually seen "Palin - 2012" somewhere?

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