In a reply submitted to the Supreme Courtroom, the director basic (DG) of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has conceded that the company collected ‘particulars’ of the members of the joint investigation staff (JIT) investigating the Panamagate case, however denied hacking any particular person’s social media accounts or harassing their household.
The IB had beforehand been accused of spying on Bilal Rasool, the Securities and Trade Fee of Pakistan’s (SECP) consultant within the JIT.
In his reply to the cost, DG IB Aftab Sultan stated there was nothing extraordinary concerning the bureau’s actions, claiming that the gathering of particulars on ‘essential’ people was a routine matter.
He additionally rejected the JIT’s declare that Bilal Rasool and his spouse have been harassed by the IB, including that the ‘hacking’ claims relating to Rasool’s social media accounts have been additionally unfounded.
“The Fb account of Mr. Bilal Rasool, which can also be utilized by his spouse/household, was ostensibly hacked to retireve the contents hooked up [with the application]… with out the consent of Mr. Bilal Rasool or his household,” an application by the JIT submitted to the SC earlier had learn.
This was accomplished, learn the appliance, “ostensibly via the facilitation of the IB”.
The DG IB denied the allegation that the bureau had hacked a Fb account in using JIT member Bilal Rasool and his relations as a way to retrieve its contents — which have been apparently hooked up by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s elder son, Hussain Nawaz, in a grievance relating to the JIT’s partiality to the SC.
“The IB collects particulars of all excessive-degree state officers,” Sultan said in his reply. Because the Panamagate case is a matter of nationwide significance, the ‘particulars’ of JIT members have been collected, he stated.
Nevertheless, IB has not harassed any of the JIT members, nor intervened of their personal lives, he added.
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