Pak to probe Indian cyber espionage attacks: Akbar

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Islamabad

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Barrister Shahzad Akbar Saturday said the country has decided to thoroughly investigate the attempted Indian cyber espionage attacks on mobile phones and gadgets of government’s top officials.

Addressing a news conference, flanked by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar said the officials from security agencies and foreign office would be included in the inquiry committee to probe into a data leak of software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO to India.

The country would share findings of investigations with the United Nations and other international organisations. The investigation would ascertain whether the Indian cyber spy attack was successful or not.

Pakistan would also take up the espionage issue at the United Nations. 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.

Pakistan would weigh legal options to raise the issue at various fora to protect its sovereignty.

He said Pakistan has decided to seek United Nations probe into India’s use of Pegasus spyware against country’s top officials as espionage of such nature was bigger scam than of Panama leak.

The relevant United Nations bodies should conduct thorough investigation whether India used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to spy on public figures including Prime Minister Imran Khan and bring the facts to light.

He said the Indian espionage to Pakistan was exposed by an investigation by a group of 17 international media organisations and Amnesty International which revealed that Pakistan was the potential surveillance targets of the spyware bought from Israel by India. –APP

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