India rejects Pak allegation of chemical weapon use in Kashmir

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New Delhi: India has rejected the use of chemical weapons in Kashmir as was alleged by Pakistan.

“We completely reject allegations made by Pakistan about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Indian security forces against Indian citizens. Such allegations are not new and are totally unfounded,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Delhi said.

“India has repeatedly stated its complete opposition to the use of chemical weapons by anyone, at any time, and anywhere in the world. India is an original signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).”

The spokesman said the international community has recognised India’s abiding commitment and contribution to the CWC which is the universal multilateral instrument prohibiting the use of chemical weapons.

“It is, therefore, a matter of deep concern that Pakistan repeatedly tries to make such false allegations. They are acting in a highly irresponsible manner with the sole purpose of repeating untruths in the vain hope that the international community will start believing in their falsehood. Such malicious attempts to deflect international opinion away from the terrorism emanating from Pakistan shall not succeed.”

Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman on Thursday alleged that India has “reportedly used chemical weapons against Kashmiris during a recent cordon and search operation” in Bandipora.

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