Quelle: National Herald
Even though India voted in favour of a UN General Assembly Resolution on Mine Ban Treaty in 1996, it remains one of the largest producers and stockpilers of the antiquated weapons in the world
Notwithstanding the claims of several researchers that landmines planted along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and International Border with Pakistan have proven ineffective in curbing insurgency and checking infiltration by armed militants, India remains the third largest stockpiler of anti-personnel landmines after Russia and Pakistan, according to a recent report published by Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.The Monitor is a research wing of the Nobel Prize-wining International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), a de-facto monitoring regime of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty—a legally binding international agreement that bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel mines and places obligations on countries to clear affected areas, assist victims and destroy stockpiles—and Convention on Cluster Munitions.
In India, minefields are laid along the border areas as part of military operations but not even a single casualty of an infiltrator or armed militant has been reported by the government agencies till date, researchers argue. Ironically, the indiscriminate use of landmines along the border with Pakistan has led to deaths, disabilities and displacement of India's own citizens. Many a times, security personnel manning the borders have themselves fallen victim to landmines.
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