Kashmiri journalists, Separatist Leader's families on latest Pegasus list

Kashmiri journalists, Separatist Leader's families on latest Pegasus list



Kashmiri journalists, Separatist Leader's families on latest Pegasus list



J&K Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari’s brother Tariq Bukhari, Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Waqar Bhatti, a human rights activist, also figure on the list.


New Delhi : Separatist leader Bilal Lone, late Delhi University professor S.A.R Geelani, and two family members of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehooba Mufti are among more than 25 people from the Valley who figure in the seventh tranche of names released by the Pegasus Project, a global media consortium spearheading an expose on people that governments allegedly sought to target using the Pegasus spyware.

According to a report in news website The Wire, which is part of the consortium, more than 25 people from Kashmir were selected as potential targets of surveillance between 2017 and mid-2019, apart from Delhi-based Kashmiri journalists and a prominent civil society activist.

The Wire conducted forensic analysis on the phones of Bilal Lone and S.A.R. Geelani. Lone’s phone data was examined by Amnesty International’s Security Lab.

A number of key separatist leaders, politicians, activists, and journalists figure in the list of potential targets released Friday.

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