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US authorised NSA to spy on India, Pak among 193 countries

ANI  |  Islamabad 

Reports have surfaced that the US had authorized National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on foreign-based political organizations including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from India and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from Pakistan.

According to the Express tribune, a classified document revealed that US spy agency NSA had been sanctioned to spy on most countries and some international bodies and political parties under the FISA court certification.

The report by the Washington Post said that under a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), NSA had the permission to spy on 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions, political organisations and other entities.

While Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand remained same from NSA's spying program following the US' no-spying arrangements with the four countries, two factions of foreign nations Palestinian Authority; Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on NSA's radar was also spied on.

Moreover, the NSA was also authorised to spy on international bodies such as the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and many others.

First Published: Tue, July 01 2014. 12:45 IST