Taliban's use of landmines in Swat condemned (Pakistan)


PESHAWAR: The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) denounced on Wednesday the recent use of anti-personnel landmines by the Taliban in Swat. "According to reports from the area, residents in Mingora, the epicentre of the fighting, have seen Taliban laying anti-personnel mines in the town," the organisation said in a press statement issued in Geneva.


(14.07.2009)

Landmines could rapidly claim casualties among civilians fleeing the conflict zone, it added. "The humanitarian situation in northwest Pakistan is already extremely tense and the civilians are struggling to protect themselves and their families. We are appalled that recently laid landmines come as an additional threat in the region," said the press statement. "Not only does landmine use pose an immediate and direct menace to civilians, but it will also have long-term consequences on these populations," said Raza Shah Khan, Director of the Sustainable Peace and Development Organisation (SPADO) ' an ICBL member in Pakistan. Khan said SPADO would soon start a mine risk education programme in the camps of the internally displaced peoples (IDPs) so that civilians are aware of the threat when they go back to their homes in the Swat valley. SPADO is providing material and asking local media to help spread information on mine danger. staff report

Von: 21.05.2009, http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\05\21\story_21-5-2009_pg7_41

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