Pakistan stresses need for chemical, biological weapons’ prevention from non-state actors

October 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has underscored the need for measures to prevent non-state actors and terrorist groups from obtaining and using chemical and biological weapons, while sharing international community’s concern over the danger of those arms falling into the wrong hands.

Speaking in the General Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security Committee, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua said the key tools for preventing non-state actors from acquiring; producing or using chemical and biological weapons included national physical protection efforts, international assistance and capacity building.

In that regard, Ambassador Janjua, who is Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, pointed out that Pakistan had supported the Russian proposal for a Bio-Chemical Terrorism Convention.

The Pakistani envoy, who was participating in a debate on weapons of mass destruction, said Pakistan condemns the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, and welcomed milestones that had been achieved in the destruction of Syrian and Libyan chemical weapons.

“We remain committed to the full and effective implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC),’ she said.


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