UN on Pegasus Row: UN on Pegasus Case:UN said governments should immediately stop surveillance techniques that violate human rights, UN gave strong advice in Pegasus case said immediately stop surveillance tech
Opposition has raised this issue prominently (symbolic photo)
- UN human rights chief calls use of Due Pegasus software “extremely worrying”
- Congress is attacking the government on Pegasus issue and is fiercely opposing
New Delhi: Describing the use of Pegasus software to spy on journalists, human rights defenders and politicians around the world as “extremely worrying”, the UN human rights chief on Monday called on governments to urgently put an end to their surveillance techniques that have affected human rights. would have been violated.
“The revelations about the use of Pegasus software to spy on journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and others in various countries are extremely worrying,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement. Governments must immediately curb their surveillance techniques that violate human rights.
The issue of spying through Pegasus spyware is gaining momentum
The issue of alleged spying of the country’s journalists and some other elite people through the Pegasus spyware of the Israeli company is gaining momentum. The opposition has raised this issue prominently. On the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament, the government was on the target of the opposition on Monday. Amidst the demand for clarification on the issue, Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has clarified the government’s stand on this.
‘This report came a day before the monsoon session of Parliament and it cannot be a coincidence’
Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said in the Lok Sabha on Monday about the Pegasus project, “Last night a very sensational report was published by a web portal. Many allegations were made in this. This report came just a day before the monsoon session of Parliament and it cannot be a mere coincidence.
He said, ‘Similar claims have been made about the use of Pegasus on WhatsApp in the past as well. Those reports had no factual basis and were denied by all the parties. The press report of July 18, 2021 also seems to be an attempt to defame Indian democracy and its established institutions.
‘We can’t blame those who haven’t read the news in detail’
“We cannot blame those who have not read the news in detail. I appeal to all the members of the House to examine the issues on facts and logic. The premise of this report is that there is a consortium that has access to a leaked database of 50,000 phone numbers. It is alleged that people associated with these phone numbers are being spied on. However, the report said that the presence of a phone number in the data does not suggest whether the device was infected with Pegasus or that there was an attempt to hack it.
Congress attacks government over Pegasus issue
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, ‘Rahul Gandhi, his (government’s) ministers have been spied on. The heads of our security agencies have also been spied on. Former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, several media groups were spied on. Would any government have done such a mischief? BJP has now become ‘Indian spy party’. Modi ji, against which terrorism were you fighting by spying on Rahul Gandhi ji’s phone? Which terrorist were you fighting by spying on media groups and the Election Commissioner? Who were fighting terrorism by spying on their own cabinet ministers?’
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