At least two #Sikh lawyers were targeted using Israeli Spyware Pegasus. Advocate Jagdeep Singh Randhawa works with #KhalraMissionOrganisation on #humanrights issues.
His iPhone was infected with #Pegasus in 2019 when KMO has written to ICJ to probe into human rights abuses by Indian forces in East Punjab. Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur is another #Sikh lawyer whose number is also part of leaked list of potential pegasus targets.
@Manjhpur maintains list of #uapa cases in Punjab for #PanjaabLawyers. He is also defence counsel of many #Sikh political prisoners, including #scotland #Sikh citizen Jagtar Singh Jaggi.
As per @SikhSiyasat sources the leaked list of Pegasus targets includes names of more Sikh lawyers.

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