ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who last week contracted Covid-19, has dispelled rumours about his health after his Wikipedia profile was edited, saying “there was no truth to them” and that he was “doing well”.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Foreign Office said that “mischievous” elements had edited Qureshi’s profile on the site. “Many complications were created, and it caused distress to my loved ones and family members,” the foreign minister said in a separate statement, adding that he also started receiving phone calls.
“There is no truth to these reports, and I am doing well,” the foreign minister said.
While Qureshi did not specify the changes that were made, the page’s history showed that the edits were made on July 5 to reflect that the foreign minister had died on July 4.
“We strongly condemn attempts by mischievous elements to hack [the] Wikipedia page of the foreign minister & spread rumours on social media about his health & well-being,” said FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a tweet.
We strongly condemn attempts by mischievous elements to hack Wikipedia page of FM @SMQureshiPTI & spread rumours on social media about his health & well-being.
By grace of Almighty Allah, FM is recovering fast. Everyone’s prayers, from 🇵🇰 & abroad, are deeply appreciated.
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) July 9, 2020
“By the grace of Almighty Allah, [Qureshi] is recovering fast. Everyone’s prayers, from Pakistan & abroad, are deeply appreciated.”
Qureshi had tested positive for the coronavirus on July 3. In a tweet, he had said that he had quarantined himself after having a slight fever.