Spoof writers across the globe are churning out stories on the hoax telephone call that almost sparked fears of a military confrontation between nuclear armed India and Pakistan shortly after the terror attacks on Mumbai.
A spoof put out from Sydney with a dateline of February 1, 2013 reads: "Two hoax calls that were made to US President Sarah Palin and Pakistan President Asif Zardari on Thursday night brought an end to world civilization after these calls triggered off a nuclear holocaust resulting in probable death of over 3 billion people, half of the world's population."
The story titled "Hoax calls bring about end of the world" says a caller pretending to be Indian Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani called Zardari and told him that Indian missiles had landed on Lahore and Karachi and Islamabad was next.
"Zardari immediately ordered nuclear strikes on New Delhi and Mumbai in retaliation which resulted in counter strikes by India. India hit back strongly by nuking Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Hyderabad. And Pakistan went up in smoke!" wrote a spoof writer known as Sunil Bhuneja.
Zardari reportedly took a phone call from a man pretending to be India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on November 28, apparently without following the usual verification procedures.