Mumbai: Air India’s official Twitter account was hacked late last night for many hours before being restored, the airline said today.
Messages in Turkish language were posted on the official Twitter handle @airindiain to mislead passengers, an Air India spokesperson said, adding all the malicious contents posted on the handle have been removed.
“Air India immediately swung into action and took up the matter with the Twitter authorities. All malicious content was removed on a war-footing. It is hoped that normalcy would be restored soon, ” the spokesperson said in a statement.
All Air India flights are operating as per schedule, he said.
“Passengers are requested to ignore any misleading and mischievous communication on our operations,” the spokesperson added.
One of the posts by the hackers read, “Last minute important announcement. All our flights have been cancelled. From now on, we will fly with Turkish Airlines’.
Air India has 1,46,000 followers on Twitter.Seth, in his right of reply said, “Various international organisations have repeatedly reported on how enforced disappearances continue with impunity in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where people are routinely abducted and unlawfully killed.”
“More than a million people remain displaced as a result of the current and past armed conflicts in the northwest of Pakistan,” he added.
“Women and girls, especially from minority communities, are abducted and forcibly married. The minorities are persecuted, including through notorious blasphemy laws.”
“Terrorism is the most fundamental violation of human rights,” he added. “Pakistan has long been attempting to mask its territorial ambitions in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inseparable part of India, and use of terrorism as a state policy under the guise of concern for human rights.”
“Pakistan has continued to support cross-border terrorism in India,” he said.
“We await credible action by the government of Pakistan to bring all those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack and the 2016 Pathankot and Uri attacks to justice.”
“Is it not woefully farcical that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered (Taliban leader) Mullah Omar should make the pretence of being a victim,” he asked.
Adding that in gross violation of a Security Council resolution, UN designated terrorists like Hafiz Mohammed Saeed were freely operating in Pakistan with government support, and the groups designated as terrorist “are being politically mainstreamed in Pakistan”.
Replying to Seth, a Pakistani delegate accused India of promoting terrorism in his country and claimed that Jadhav’s arrest was proof of it.
He was cut off by the chair for exceeding his time limit as he made a long attack on India. PTI