Srinagar: The president of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) alleged on Sunday that Indian forces were using “chemical weapons against civilians in Kashmir”. He also called upon Pakistan to “remain strong” to be able to secure a solution to Kashmir.
PaK president Sardar Masood Khan also alleged, “Crimes against humanity are also being committed there (in Kashmir).”
“The international community has not played its role in solving the Kashmir dispute,” he said.
Khan said that during his recent trip to Brussels and Washington, he emphasised the need for a solution to the Kashmir dispute. “In order to find the solution, Pakistan must remain strong,” he said.
In his speech in Islamabad to mark International Human Rights Day, Khan said, “There have been a number of deaths due to the use of chemical weapons in Kashmir.”
Earlier this year, Khan had said, “The Pakistan Foreign Office also tried to draw attention towards the use of chemical munitions against civilians in Kashmir. It was the first time that such a serious allegation had been levelled by Pakistan against India,” reported DawnNews.
A series of international treaties, specifically the Chemical Weapons Convention, prohibits the use of chemical weapons not only in international armed conflicts but also non-international armed conflicts, or rather, in all circumstances.
Khan also claimed that attempts are being made to “change the population ratio in Kashmir”.
Earlier this week, the PaK president had claimed that demographics in Kashmir are “being manipulated with an ulterior motive to harm Kashmiris’ freedom struggle”.