Pakistan asks UN to probe if India used spyware to hack PM Imran Khan’s phone

The Nation  |  Jul 25, 2021

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ISLAMABAD   -  Prime Minister’s Advisor on Accountability and Interior Barrister Shahzad Akbar on Saturday announced that Pakistan has decided to seek United Nations probe into India’s use of Pegasus spyware against country’s top officials.

Addressing a press conference along with Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, the advisor called on the United Nations on to investigate whether India used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to spy on public figures including Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Adviser said according to the investigation of France based international media and Amnesty International, Prime Minister Imran Khan is on a list of those people for whom this spyware was used by India.

Bangladesh plans to vaccinate 80% people by early 2022 Terming it an attack on the national security and sovereignty of Pakistan, Shahzad Akbar said this Indian act is clear breach of global norms of responsible state behaviour. He said in view of the gravity of international reports on the matter, we call on the relevant UN bodies to thoroughly investigate the matter, bring the facts to light, and hold the Indian perpetrators to account. The Adviser said we will also investigate the matter formally through our inter agencies, utilising the services of our Foreign Office and FIA.

 Speaking on this occasion, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Pakistan wants peaceful, all-inclusive government in Afghanistan. He said Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib proves his connections with Pakistan’s enemies.

 He said Hamdullah Mohib has been using dirty language against Pakistan since May, therefore, we suspended our link with Afghan National Security Adviser’s office. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said people like Hamdullah Mohib has no link with Afghanistan basically as their families are not living there.

3.2 million voters to elect 45 legislators of AJK Assembly today  He said we stand with our Afghan brethren and for this purpose we rendered many sacrifices for Afghan refugees. He said that PML-N should have made public the audio transcript of the meeting between Hamdullah Mohib and Nawaz Sharif.

  The minister said that Pakistan has made it clear to the Afghan leadership that there will be no talks with the Afghan National Security Advisor. He said Pakistan stood by Afghanistan in every thick and thin, said 

 Fawad adding that, we are working for a government in Afghanistan on which all Afghan groups can agree. He said Pakistan has hosted five million Afghan refugees for many years. He added that if Amrullah Saleh could not stabilise his country even after 20 years in power. He said they should be held accountable themselves. He said we have stood and will stand with the Afghan people. 

 He said at present, more than 6,000 Afghan students are studying at various Pakistani universities and colleges. He said we have provided education to these children from stranded families from Afghanistan and provided them better opportunities to make them successful persons, he said. 

Nothing can come between Pakistan, China: FM Qureshi  Fawad said that hospitals in Pakistan provide medical treatment to Afghans adding that even today, Pakistan stands shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan,  “We are working for a united government in Afghanistan,” he said

 He said India used Israeli technology to tap the phones of many world leaders, including the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and also tapped phones of opposition and journalists inside India. The federal minister for Information said that a press release was issued today from the office of the Afghan National Security Advisor stating that Hamdullah Mohib had met Nawaz Sharif in London. He said that Nawaz Sharif is a fugitive from Pakistan, and has been convicted in corruption cases here in Pakistan. He is currently living in London apartments that have been bought with billions of rupees with robbed money.

 He added that families of Hamdullah and Amarulah do not live there either. He said they came to Afghanistan on a special mission. The language that Hamdullah Mohib used about Pakistan in the third week of May cannot be repeated, minister said.

Inter exams in Sindh will be held on schedule: Saeed Ghani   He said that Nawaz Sharif met a man in London whose relations with India were not hidden. In the third week of May, when Hamdullah Mohib spoke against Pakistan, his meetings were immediately followed by India’s security establishment, he added.

 He said Prime Minister’s view since day one has been that we are not with any group in Afghanistan, we stand with the people of Afghanistan. This means that we are working for a government in Kabul that everyone agrees on, minister clarified.

 He said that even before this Nawaz Sharif had met Jindal in Nepal and his transcripts were not made public but a well known Indian journalist Barkha Dutt wrote in his book that Nawaz Sharif sent Jindal towards Modi with his message. 

 He said that if the Prime Minister of a country conspires with the security establishment of enemy country against his own country, what will be the result. He said that Maryam Nawaz also tweeted a picture that Imran Khan met Modi and General Bajwa met Hamdullah Mohib. “Hamdullah Mohib is Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser. There is a difference between the status of meetings at the institutional level and the status of individual meetings,” he clarified.

Thailand's Panipak Wongpattanakit wins Olympic gold in taekwondo  He said that former foreign minister and incumbent foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were present at the time of Imran Khan’s meeting with Modi and the party was aware of the meeting. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan does not hold secret meetings. He said that at present Pakistan is facing conspiracies. Unfortunately, India used the border with Afghanistan for terrorism in Pakistan, he added

 He said India is ruled by a government that is influenced by the extremist ideology of the RSS. 

He said that the extremist ideology of Hindutva in the case of Babri Masjid and Kashmir, including the persecution of Muslims, the martyrdom of Muslims in sectarian riots in Gujarat, remained before Modi and his government.

Replying to a question, the minister said that we want to give the people of Kashmir the right to decide on their own. He said that the heart of Kashmiris beats with Pakistan, Imran Khan is the ambassador of Kashmiris. 

Meanwhile, Barrister Shahzad Akbar said that Pakistan’s Foreign Office had already issued a statement accusing India of “state-sponsored, continuing and widespread surveillance and spying operations in clear breach of global norms of responsible state behaviour.”

The Pegasus malware is used to conduct cyber surveillance, to authoritarian governments who want to spy on journalists, activists, politicians and government officials. The software can infiltrate iPhones and Androids, enabling the operator to record calls, retrieve photos, messages, and emails without the knowledge of the phone user. Though the company claims that only sells its software to those who want to use it against terrorists and criminals.

A massive data leak from company’s records shows its clients may have used data against targets who fall into neither of those categories. The leak contains the phone numbers of 50,000 individuals, he said.

He said NSO has said its product was intended only for use by vetted government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism and crime. The Adviser said according to the investigation of France based international media and Amnesty International, Prime Minister Imran Khan is on a list of those people for whom this spyware was used by India. At least 10 countries including India were believed to be NSO clients. He asks the phone numbers in the leak span various countries including Pakistan, where a number once used by Prime Minister Imran Khan was targeted for potential surveillance.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ch Fawad Hussain says sending Nawaz Sharif out of Pakistan was dangerous because such people become helpful in international conspiracies. In a tweet on Saturday, he said Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with RAW’s biggest ally in Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib is an example of such action. He said Modi, Mohib or Amrullah Saleh every enemy of Pakistan is close friend of Nawaz Sharif. 

Meanwhile, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had the  ‘honour’ to have two of its members, Daniel Aziz and Talal Chaudhry disqualified for use of vulgar and indecent  language.

In a tweet, he said that Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur had not even reached closer to the level of indecency of  PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, Rohail Asghar, Maryam Safdar and  Javed  Abbasi. He said that it takes two to clap. 

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain tagged a tweet from PTI twitter handle which said that Abid Sher Ali abused a Pakistani woman in front of  children of his own family in London but Maryam  Safdar defended him. 

But when Ali Amin Gandapur exposed their corruption, the PML-N started talking about  ethics and started playing  woman card.

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