Amit Shah on Pegasus Row
Claiming that a recent media report on the use of Pegasus spyware to spy on many prominent Indian personalities was amplified by a few for the sole purpose of humiliating India, the Home Secretary of the Union, Amit Shah, said on Monday: “The disruptors and obstructors will not be able to derail India’s development trajectory through their conspiracies.”
He further asserted that the main priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was “national welfare”.
“The rudderless Congress jumping on the train (Pegasus) is not unexpected as they have experience in trampling democracy,” Shah added.
Disruptors and obstacles will not be able to derail India’s development trajectory with their plots. The monsoon session will bear new fruits of progress.https://t.co/cS0MCxe8aO
– Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 19, 2021
According to a press report published by The Wire, Israeli spyware Pegasus was used to spy on at least 40 Indian journalists from across the nation’s media.
According to the report, along with the 40 journalists, “three major opposition figures, a constitutional authority, two sitting ministers in Narendra Modi’s government, current and former heads and officials of security organizations and dozens of ‘businessmen’ were also on the list. potential or past victims, who were searched after their electronic devices were hacked.
The report was published by The Wire in partnership with 16 other international publications, including the Washington Post, The Guardian and Le Monde, as part of an investigation by the Paris-based nonprofit media organization Forbidden Stories and the rights group Amnesty International on a leaked list of more than 50,000 phone numbers around the world that have allegedly been the target of surveillance via Pegasus software.
“This is a report from disruptors for obstructors. Disruptors are global organizations that don’t like India to progress. Blockers are political actors in India who don’t want India to advance. Indians understand very good this timeline and this connection, ”Shah said on Monday.
Opposition parties denounced the government earlier today and demanded an independent investigation by judicial or parliamentary committee.
(With PTI inputs)
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