New Delhi, June 07: Protesting extensive anti-personnel mine laying operations by India and Pakistan since
army build up in December 2001 resulting in large number of
civilian casualties, social activists from both the countries
today demanded immediate halt to the use of anti-personnel
mines and ratification of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty.
Pointing out that the treaty which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel
landmines was ratified by 123 countries, they said India and
Pakistan were among the 14 countries in the world that still
produce anti-personnel mines.
The stockpiles of these mines in India and Pakistan were
the sixth and fifth largest in the world respectively, they
Citing the recent incident in Sriganaganagar where a
child was killed and three others injured when one of seven
mines floating in a canal in which they were bathing exploded, the activists, in a statement, said immediate steps should be taken for mine clearance to protect civilian lives.
Given the indiscriminate nature of anti-personnel mines,
their devastating impact on civilian lives and the strong
international opinion in favour of their prohibition we call on
the governments of India and Pakistan to uphold and respect at all times the standards and fundamental principles of
international human rights and humanitarian law.
The activists included members of amnesty international
(India) - Vijay Nagaraj and Amnesty International (Pakistan) -