Pakistani papers issued apologies on Friday, a day after some publications reproduced an elaborate internet hoax based on purported diplomatic cables from the US embassy in India that spoke of alleged rifts between top Indian Army generals and a "Bosnia-like genocide" in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Nation and The News dailies put the report on their front pages while The Express Tribune, a partner of the International Herald Tribune, carried it on an inside page.
The offending news wire also apologised for the story but blamed Google News for running it in the first instance. "We took the news from Google but did not mention the source in the story," Siddique Sajid, an editor for Online news agency said.
The report was also carried by Urdu newspapers Nawai Waqt and Jang as their lead story.