Nawaz to clear position for targeting PM’s number thru Israeli spyware: Farrukh

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State Minister for Information & Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said on Tuesday that targeting a phone number which was earlier in use of Prime Minister Imran Khan through Israel spyware, was very embarrassing, for which, Nawaz Sharif and Marryum Safdar would have to answerable.

Addressing a press conference here at circuit house, he said the number was targeted when Imran Khan was an opposition leader and raising voice on corruption scandals and Panama Leaks.

He said that it was the Nawas’ history of hacking numbers of politicians, judges, generals, heads of intelligence agencies etc.

He said that Nawaz Sharif and Modi had deep rooted friendship, adding that when Modi was getting hacked numbers in his country, in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif helped Modi for hacking numbers of opposition.

He said that Nawaz Sharif had refused to meet Hurriyat leaders as a result of friendship with Modi.

The minister said that investigation was underway and many characters involved in malware would be exposed.

Why only Imran Khan’s number was malware but not of any one from other political parties? Farrukh questioned. The minister said that Nawaz Sharif would have to clear his position on the issue.

n Israeli firm, accused of supplying spyware to governments, was linked to hacking attempts on tens of thousands of smartphone numbers, including activists, journalists, business executives and politicians around the world, media reports said on Monday.

At least one number once used by Prime Minister Imran Khan was also targeted by the NSO Group and its Pegasus malware, which is capable of switching a phone’s camera or microphone on and harvesting its data. Sunday’s revelations are part of a collaborative investigation by The Washington Post.

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