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December 11, 2008

Hoax Call

Filed under: News — nemausa @ 3:46 pm
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Apparently there was a hoax call made to President of Pakistan Zardari on Nov 28th during the Bombay terror attacks. The hoax call was made in the middle of the night, caller identified himself as External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Caller spoke in aggressive tones and warned Pakistan of military action if they did not co-operate with India and act againt terrorists. Next morning Pakistan  officials  warned that they would pull the troops out of Afghanistan border to meet Indian war threat. The nuclear armed Pakistan Air force was put on high alert. Terrified, Zardari had called US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Secretary Rice in turn called a very surprised Mr.Mukherjee. When asked why he made such a threatening call to Zardari Mr.Mukherjee said that he never made that call. It was later found  out that the caller had even tried calling Secretary Rice, but US officials figured out that it was a hoax call and call was not put through. It seems that call originated from New Delhi and caller id was manipulated. It took a day of frantic action and phone calls between  New Delhi, Islamabad and Washington DC to cool the tensions. If  these actions were not taking place in the background a huge tragedy, it would have been hilarious.

Here’s a  blog post which tries to piece together what would have happened that night.  Even this scenario is plausible.


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