Government Asked to Sign Mine Ban Treaty

ISLAMABAD, March 1: Politicians and members of the civil society have asked the government to scrap the plan to mine the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area and sign the Mine Ban Treaty as every year hundreds of innocent civilians fall prey to landmine blasts in tribal areas, Balochistan and Kashmir.  In 2006 alone, different types of landmines had caused 403 casualties, as against 212 registered in the previous year. A majority of those falling victims to these ‘silent killers’ are women and children, many of whom are now spending miserable lives without limbs.

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