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Baloch People's Congress condemns Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests conducted in Chagai

Bangladsh Live News | @banglalivenews | 30 May 2020

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Islamabad: The Baloch People's Congress on Saturday condemned the nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan in Chagai district of Balochistan in 1998 that left people of the region suffer miserably from the repercussions.

In a statement, Siddik Azad Baloch, Secretary-General of Baloch People's Congress called it a violation of the United Nations treaty of nuclear non-proliferation (NTP) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), as the nuclear tests on Baloch soil were against the consensus of Baloch Nation, reports ANI news agency.

He added, "Baloch People's Congress insists on the implementation of CTBT, TPNW, and Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage INFCIR/556 for the responsible countries including sanctions on them for nuclear tests on 28th May 1998 and storage of Weapons of Mass Destruction on Baloch land against the will of Baloch Nation".

The effects of nuclear radiation following the tests have spread in the entire region and the lives and health of millions of people are endangered.

As an effect of the nuclear tests, people are suffering from cancer, organ failure, and other mysterious diseases.

"The availability of potable water and the level of underground water has decreased drastically since 1998 because of nuclear radiation", Azad said in the statement as quoted by ANI while adding that the tests and nuclear facilities in Balochistan are the cause of destruction and contamination of the environment. 

"Pakistan's nuclear experiments on 28th May 1998 have taken 1000's of innocent lives, put families through unbearable pain due to numerous types of cancer, abnormal births, and destroyed the environment and ecology of our homeland beyond recovery", said the statement by Siddik Azad Baloch.

He added, "The lack of a remedy and international action in the past 22 years to provide justice to Baloch Land and Nation has deepened our scars. We request the International community, UNODA, members of NTP, CTBT and TPNW and leaders of the free world to implement strict actions against Pakistan as her nuclear arsenal grows by the blessings of China".

Pakistan marked the  22nd anniversary of its six nuclear tests, which it had conducted in the remote Chaghi district of southwestern Balochistan province on May 28, 1998, on Thursday.

The event is commonly known as Youm-e-Takbeer.

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