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