In­dia urges China to change stand on Jaish chief Azhar After Rahul, Cong Twit­ter a/c hacked RAHUL TAKES ON ‘HATERS’

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In­dia has urged China to re­verse its tech­ni­cal hold on In­dia’s re­quest, which is cospon­sored by sev­eral prom­i­nent coun­tries, to get Ma­sood Azhar des­ig­nated as ter­ror­ist by the UN, min­is­ter of state (MoS) for ex­ter­nal af­fairs MJ Ak­bar said.

In a writ­ten re­ply in a ques­tion in the Ra­jya Sabha, Ak­bar said China has of­ten re­peated its con­cern on spread of ter­ror­ism and their desire to co­op­er­ate with In­dia on this is­sue.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions, China has re­it­er­ated with In­dia their res­o­lute op­po­si­tion to ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions with “zero tol­er­ance”, and has agreed that there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for ter­ror­ism.

“Gov­ern­ment has con­sis­tently high­lighted to China re­gard­ing the threat of cross bor­der ter­ror­ism em­a­nat­ing from Pak­istan and af­fect­ing the re­gion, in­clud­ing In­dia. Specif­i­cally, we have em­pha­sised force­fully that while the Pak­istan-based Jaishe-Mo­hammed has been pro­scribed by the UNSC Sanc­tions Com­mit­tee...for its well known ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties and links to the Al Qaeda, the des­ig­na­tion of JeM’s main leader, fi­nancier and mo­ti­va­tor Azhar has been re­peat­edly put on a tech­ni­cal hold,” said the min­is­ter.

“Ac­cord­ingly, we have urged China to re­verse its tech­ni­cal hold on In­dia’s re­quest to list Azhar un­der 1267 pro­vi­sions. In­dia’s re­quest is co-spon­sored by sev­eral prom­i­nent coun­tries.”

The Congress web­site and Twit­ter han­dle were hacked on Thurs­day, a day after hack­ers in­fil­trated party vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s ac­count on the pop­u­lar so­cial net­work­ing site and sent out a bar­rage of ex­ple­tive-laden mes­sages.

In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad as­sured the mat­ter is be­ing looked into very se­ri­ously.

“We are seek­ing the de­tails of all those who logged in that Twit­ter ac­count in the past one week to probe it fur­ther,” he said.

His as­sur­ance came after cy­ber crim­i­nals at­tacked the main op­po­si­tion party’s Twit­ter han­dle, @ INCIn­dia, web­site and servers, and threat­ened to pub­lish pri­vate emails of Congress mem­bers. The posts were quickly deleted.

“We sin­cerely hope the Modi gov­ern­ment will move ex­pe­di­tiously to not only probe and pun­ish the guilty but also re­visit the is­sue of dig­i­tal safety,” Congress’s chief spokesper­son Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala said.

The party filed a set of com­plaints with the cy­ber cell of Delhi po­lice.

The cy­ber cell of eco­nomic of­fences wing of Delhi po­lice reg­is­tered two sep­a­rate FIRs un­der Sec­tion 66 of the IT law. Teams have been formed to in­ves­ti­gate the hack­ing and Twit­ter was asked to provide log de­tails of both ac­counts.

“We are tak­ing help from of­fi­cials in Twit­ter in Ben­galuru,” joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice Deep­en­dra Pathak said.

Though the Twit­ter han­dles of the Congress and Gandhi were re­stored, the party’s web­site con­tin­ued to be down till late Thurs­day night.

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