‘Gen Raheel Sharif stopped at Saudi airport’, Dubai newspaper denies running fake news about ex-Pakistani army chief

05:11 PM | 3 Aug, 2017
‘Gen Raheel Sharif stopped at Saudi airport’, Dubai newspaper denies running fake news about ex-Pakistani army chief
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DUBAI - An Arabic newspaper has denied publishing any report about former army chief of Pakistan , Gen (r) Raheel Sharif, being stopped at Riyadh airport by Saudi security forces, terming the initial article that appeared online “fake”.

Dubai-based Arabic newspaper Emarat Al Youm recently ran a clarification, disowning the fabricated news that surfaced online on July 29.

"This news is 'fabricated' and Emarat Al Youm has not published it," reads the clarification. “The group [behind the story] used a link similar to that of the newspaper website's URL [to] broadcast the false news."

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The newspaper, which also ran images of the “fake news”, said that "it holds a legal right to pursue anyone who intentionally defames its image or uses its name to spread its lies and fabrications."

Gen Sharif, who is now heading the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) - had left for Riyadh from Lahore on April 21 to assume the command of the 41-nation coalition.