RAWALPINDI: In violation of the Geneva Convention, India targeted Pakistani citizens with cluster bomb, which is prohibited by the international community rules.
Media wing of the armed forces, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday revealed that India used cluster toy bomb to target civilian population in Jhelum Valley on July 30 and 31.
“Two civilians including a four-year-old kid were martyred and 11 others wounded from the cluster bombs,” said the ISPR.
According to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international treaty, the use and stockpiling of cluster bombs, an explosive which scatters submunitions over an area, is prohibited. The convention was adopted on May 30, 2008 in Dublin.
The ISPR said the blatant Indian aggression against all international norms exposed true character of the Indian Army and their moral standing. It urged the international community to take notice of this Indian blatant violation of international laws on use of cluster ammunition targeting innocent citizens.
In a Tweet on July 31, ISPR Director General Maj General Asif Ghafoor had said that increased Indian Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) indicated their frustration because of failure in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “Ceasefire violations are being and shall always be effectively responded. Pakistan Army shall take all measures to protect innocent civilians along the Line of Control from Indian firing deliberately targeting them,” he had said.
Conflict of Kashmir territory between Pakistan and India often leads to cross-border skirmishes and tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought several awful wars. The hostility between the South Asian countries is not witnessed on border or diplomatic fronts only but in sports matches as well.
On July 31, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said the human rights situation of Indian occupied Kashmir was exacerbating.
“India is sending 10,000 additional military personnel to Kashmir, which is already the most militarized region in the world,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.