Modi-govt yet to deny using Pegasus: Cong

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/1/2021 12:42:50 PM

NEW DELHI, Jul 31: The Congress on Saturday said the Modi government is yet to deny using Pegasus spyware for any reason, wondering that the reason for its vagueness be that it used it on citizens instead of terrorists.

Its senior spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi asked a blunt question: "Modi ji, why didn't you use Pegasus against terrorists even while there were 316 terror attacks since 2017. He said the BJP government must answer: "Could some of these have been averted if Modi government used the spyware against terrorists instead of citizens?"

He said the French government ordered a probe and found proof of Pegasus used to hack phones of its citizens, putting its national security first. What is the Modi government doing, he asked. The French probe is the proof that the Israeli spyware was used to hack phones, he said.

Singhvi said the Congress has been, therefore, demanding whole of the pass week that there must be a judicial probe headed by SC in India.

He said while France's national security agency confirms an Amnesty International report, whereas the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party suggests banning Amnesty International for "defaming India." He asked: "What is the BJP so afraid of? Why is the government afraid of questions?"



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