Imran Khan accuses India of violating international law, alleges it used ‘cluster munitions’

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 August 2019, 05:16 PM
Imran Khan condemns ‘India's attack’ across LoC, says ‘it’s time to end long night of suffering’
Imran Khan condemns ‘India's attack’ across LoC, says ‘it’s time to end long night of suffering’

A day after the Indian Army termed as "lies and deceit" Pakistan's allegations that Indian troops used cluster bombs targeting civilians along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday condemned “India's attack” and said the “use of cluster munitions” was “in violation of international humanitarian law”.

“I condemn India's attack across LOC on innocent civilians & it's use of cluster munitions in violation of int humanitarian law and it's own commitments under the 1983 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. UNSC must take note of this international threat to peace & security,” Imran Khan tweeted.

The strong reaction by the Indian Army's additional directorate general of public information (ADGPI) on Saturday came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its military's spokesperson Asif Ghafoor had accused the Indian Army of using cluster ammunition to target civilians along the Line Of Control.

The allegations of firing of cluster bombs by India are Pakistan's "lies, deceit and deception", the ADGPI said in a brief statement.

"Pakistan army regularly attempts to push terrorists through infiltrations and opens up with multitude of weapons to assist them. India, during numerous Directorate of Military Operations (DGMO) level talks, has maintained the right to respond. Such responses are only against military targets and infiltrating terrorists who are aided by Pakistan Army," the statement said.

Taking to Twitter, Imran Khan said: “It is time to end the long night of suffering for the people of Occupied Kashmir. They must be allowed to exercise their right to self determination according to UN SC resolutions.The only road to peace & security in South Asia runs through a peaceful & just settlement of Kashmir

“President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation deteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions being taken by Indian occupation forces. This has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis,” he added

Earlier, Qureshi, in a tweet, accused Indian security forces of using cluster ammunition, targeting "innocent civilians."

He also posted a collage of pictures which included images of explosions and young children and adults with bandages. Army sources said the photos of explosions posted on Twitter by the Pakistan Foreign Minister were of mortar fires and not of explosions of cluster bombs.

In a tweet, Ghafoor said, "Use of cluster bombs by Indian Army violating international conventions is condemnable."

Ghafoor alleged that the Indian troops on the night of July 30 targeted citizens in Neelum Valley, killing two civilians and injuring 11 others. 

First Published: Sunday, August 04, 2019 04:18 PM
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