Pakistan to lodge UN complaint against India for “eco-terrorism” forest bombing. Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Friday said that Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint against India at the United Nations for its payload dropping that have caused damage to the eco-terrorism
“Causing harm to the environment and damaging trees and birds comes under ‘Eco-terrorism’,” adviser to PM highlighted.
Pakistan to lodge UN complaint against India for "eco-terrorism" forest bombing.
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International and local journalists were invited to visit the damaged site and they have confirmed that the Indian dumping of payload has damaged several trees in the areas and killed few crows, he further added.
“All international organizations including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have acknowledged the value of this asset,” Amin maintained.
He further added said India dumped payload onto a patch of reserve forest which caused a lot of environmental damage to the age-old forests as well as the undergoing natural re-growth.
“Such an act is termed ‘Eco-terrorism’ under international law and after assessing the damage to nature, which is currently being done, Pakistan will raise this act of “Eco-terrorism” at all relevant international fora including the UN,” he restated.
“What happened over there is environmental terrorism,” Aslam told international news agency, adding that dozens of pine trees had been felled. “There has been serious environmental damage.”
The United Nations states that “destruction of the environment, not justified by military necessity and carried out wantonly, is clearly contrary to existing international law”, according to the U.N. General Assembly resolution 47/37.
According to the two reporters belonging to international news agency who visited the payload dumped site, which India claims as the targeted militant camp, reports that four large craters could be seen. Ans told that up to 15 pine trees had been brought down by the blasts.
Villagers dismissed Indian claims that hundreds of militants were killed.
According to the Indian claim, Indian warplanes on Tuesday bombed a hilly forest area near the northern Pakistani town of Balakot, about 40 km (25 miles) from India’s border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. New Delhi said it had destroyed a militant training camp and killed hundreds of “terrorists”.