The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Assam has called on Amnesty International to impose a ban on the country, accusing it of “defaming” Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his role in the Pegasus leak related to explosives. Has been accused of conspiracy, which has caused him great damage. Pressure on Modi’s government.
Assam Chief Minister and member of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Himanta Beswa Sarma has claimed that Amnesty has a role to play in investigating the number of citizens and political leaders in countries around the world., including India, Appearing on the list of leaked figures was part of a “long history of conspiracies against India’s democratic fabric and its leadership”.
He accused Amnesty International of working to “incite left-wing terrorism in India and defame India and Prime Minister Modi, as well as to create discontent in sections of Indian society”.
Amnesty International had initial access to a leaked list of more than 50,000 telephone numbers believed to have been used by NSO group government clients to sell surveillance software Pegasus. Is selected for possible monitoring.
The leaked list included dozens of Indian journalists, activists, lawyers and critics of the government, including key Modi rival Rahul Gandhi. The opposition Congress party has accused the Modi government of being a client of the NSO and deploying Pegasus spyware against its own citizens and political opponents.
The NSO has always maintained that “it does not operate the system that it sells to tested government customers, and does not have access to its customer target data”.
In a statement issued by its attorneys, the NSO said it would “continue to investigate all credible allegations of abuse and take appropriate action.” He said the fact that a number appeared on the list was not due to the fact that the number was chosen for monitoring by Pegasus. But this list identifies people who are identified as interested in NSO government clients.
Amnesty offered technical assistance in the investigation, and its security labs performed tests and forensic analysis on several phones to determine if they had been hacked by Pegasus spyware.
Amnesty has already come under increasing pressure from the Modi government, including several raids on its offices, when it published several reports criticizing the government’s human rights record. In September last year, Amnesty had to suspend operations in India after freezing its accounts, calling it a “witch victim”.
The Congress party has demanded an independent inquiry into whether the Modi government is using Pegasus spyware.
Sarma was among several senior BJP figures who alleged that the Pegasus Lake had no basis in fact and that Amnesty’s role proved that it was part of a global conspiracy against India. “I strongly condemn this conspiracy and call for a ban on the activities of organizations that are bent on defaming and harming our nation,” he said.
However, pressure continued to mount on the Modi government, including allegations of treason, including allegations of treason. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who recently defeated the BJP in the state elections, urged India’s opposition parties to unite to challenge the Modi government’s “watchdog state”, and Pegasus was called “dangerous” and “terrible.”
“Three things make democracy: the media, the judiciary and the Election Commission. And Pegasus has arrested all three,” Banerjee said, adding that his nephew’s phone number was on the leaked list.
Banerjee demanded that the Supreme Court intervene and investigate the surveillance of Indian citizens.
“Save the country, save democracy,” he said.
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