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India tried to hack phones of Kashmiri leaders, forensic evidence shows

An India-based client of NSO Group tried to hack phones of over 25 Kashmiri leaders, including late Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti says surveillance, as a concept for Kashmiris, is not new
Israeli firm denies records accessed by Pegasus Project have anything to do with surveillance.

SRINAGAR: An India-based government agency that is also believed to be a client of Israeli company NSO Group reportedly made hacking attempts on phones of over 25 Hurriyat leaders hailing from Indian occupied Kashmir between 2017 and mid-2019.

According to leaked record reviews by The Wire, besides Delhi-based Kashmiri journalists, more than 25 people from the held Kashmir Valley were selected as potential targets of intrusive surveillance.

The France-based journalism non-profit, Forbidden Stories, and Amnesty International accessed a massive list of 50,000 numbers which are believed to have been selected as potential targets of surveillance by 10 countries.

Ahmed Mukhtar Naqshbandi

Media person and communication expert for over 25 years. Worked with Dow Jones News, World Bank, CNBC Pakistan, Aaj TV, ARY TV, Abbtakk TV, Business Recorder, Pakistan Observer, Online News Network, TTI Magazine and other local and world Publications.


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