"Aap chronology samajhiye": Amit Shah on Pegasus report

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah (Image: Screengrab from a video posted on Facebook by @amitshahofficial)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah (Image: Screengrab from a video posted on Facebook by @amitshahofficial)

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Amit Shah, attacked by Opposition over an explosive report on the use of Israeli Pegasus spyware allegedly to target politicians, journalists and others, called it "a report by disrupters for the obstructers". He pointed out the time of report leak and used a famous phrase used against him: "Aap chronology samjhiye (understand the chronology)."

His comments came after a report claimed that the spyware used to hack phones between 2017 and 2019. More than 300 contacts were under scanner, but it did not specify that all were hacked.

"People have often associated this phrase with me in lighter vein but today I want to seriously say - the timing of the selective leaks, the disruptions...Aap Chronology Samjhiye!" the Home Minister said in a statement.

"This is a report by the disrupters for the obstructers. Disrupters are global organisations which do not like India to progress. Obstructers are political players in India who do not want India to progress. People of India are very good at understanding this chronology and connection," he added.

Among the names on the list of potential targets of snooping is Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor. Two union ministers, Prahlad Patel and Ashwini Vaishnaw, are also on the list. So are around 40 journalists.

Congress Attack!

Congress did not leave the opportunity to act against BJP. They called for an immediate sacking of Amit Shah and investigate PM Narendra Modi's role in the matter.

"Our first demand is the immediate sacking of Minister of Home and Internal security Amit Shah and a probe into the role of the Prime Minister in the matter," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.