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.
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.