Pakistan slams ‘mischievous’ rumors of official’s death

Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who contracted COVID-19 last week, has rubbished rumours of his death after his Wikipedia profile was edited, and said there was no truth to them.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the ministry (FO) said that “mischievous” elements had edited Qureshi’s profile on the location . “Many complications were created, and it caused distress to my loved ones and relations ,” FM Qureshi said during a separate statement, adding that he also started receiving phone calls.

MOFA tweet

While Qureshi didn’t specify the changes that were made, the page’s history showed that the edits were made on July 5 to reflect that the secretary of state had died on Independence Day .

“We strongly condemn attempts by mischievous elements to hack [the] Wikipedia page of the secretary of state and spread rumours on social media about his health and well-being,” said FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui during a tweet.

“By the grace of Almighty Allah, [Qureshi] is recovering fast. Everyone’s prayers, from Pakistan and abroad, are deeply appreciated.”

The FM had tested positive for coronavirus on July 3 and announced quarantining himself.

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