Indian govt bought Israeli spyware Pegasus under $2bn deal: report

Modi accused of treason, hijacking democracy over spyware scandal

12:44 PM | 29 Jan, 2022
Indian govt bought Israeli spyware Pegasus under $2bn deal: report

NEW DELHI – Narendra Modi-led Indian government bought Israeli spyware Pegasus back in 2017 as part of a $2-billion defense package, New York Times report revealed.

The report of the US-based publication revealed that Tel Aviv sold the powerful spying tool to many countries, which led to the ending up in the hands of nationalist leaders worldwide.

The spying tool was sold to Poland, Hungary, and India, despite these countries’ poor records on human rights. India’s relations with Israel were frosty for decades, however, in 2017, Narendra Modi made a historic trip to Israel, which was the first time a sitting Indian premier had officially visited the Jewish state.

During Modi’s visit, the two sides agreed on the sale of a package of high-end weapons and intelligence gear worth nearly $2 billion while the Pegasus spyware and a missile system were at the centerpieces. Following the Indian premier’s visit to Tel Aviv, Netanyahu visited New Delhi in 2019, it added.

As the reports about Pegasus surfaced, the matter was brought up by the opposition parties in the Indian parliament. Politicians had protested while pleas were filed in the top Indian court against the BJP government.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also lambasted the government and said the BJP government has committed treason.

In a recent tweet, he said the Modi government bought Pegasus to spy on state leaders and the public. They have targeted the ruling party, the Opposition, the court, by tapping their phones. This is treason. The Modi government has committed treason.

Last year, reports revealed that several countries used Israeli spyware on opponents. New Delhi also targeted Pakistan with the Pegasus as more than 1,000 numbers in India appeared on the surveillance list while hundreds were from Pakistan including Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Another report claimed that India used Pegasus to hack the mobile phones of dozens of public servants in Islamabad. Several military officers and senior bureaucrats were also targeted.


Pakistani rupee remains stable against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar remained stable and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 8 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.71
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan increase; Check out latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan increased as the yellow metal witnessed an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 8 December 2023

On Friday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,390.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,050 each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Friday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (8 December 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,583


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