The Indian Army has used cluster bombs along the Line of Control (LOC) to target the civilian population in blatant violation of the Geneva Convention and international laws, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
As a result of bombardment by cluster bombs and other munitions, at least two civilians – including a four-year-old boy – were killed and 11 were injured. A cluster bomb/munition is either an air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that releases smaller submunitions.
The military also urged the international community to “take notice of this Indian blatant violation of international laws” regarding the use of cluster bombs against innocent civilians.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal also condemned the use of cluster bombs along the LoC and intentional targeting of civilians by India. He, in a tweet, termed it a blatant violation of convention on cluster ammunition and international humanitarian laws.
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“International community should take notice of Indian actions which are a violation of international laws,” Faisal added.
The total number of ceasefire violations in 2019 stands at 1,824 with 17 people killed and 105 civilians injured. Major General Asif Ghafoor said the increased ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the LoC “indicate their frustration” over their failures in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan Army shall take all measures to protect innocent civilians along LOC from Indian firing deliberately targeting them,” said the director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).