Practice Relating to the Prohibition of Certain Types of Landmines
At the First Annual Conference of High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 1999, Pakistan declared its hope that the international community would continue working towards “the objective of the complete elimination of anti-personnel mines everywhere”.
In 1999, in a letter to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Pakistan stated that while it “remains fully committed to the cause of eventual elimination of anti-personnel landmines, defence requirements do not allow it to join the Ottawa Convention [on Anti-Personnel Mines] at present”.
In 2000, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Pakistan stated:
The issue of anti-personnel landmines has particular importance for Pakistan because we witnessed at first hand the plight and the suffering of innocent victims as a result of the massive saturation of Afghanistan with anti-personnel landmines. Millions of mines have still not been cleared in Afghanistan … Although our security environment does not permit us to accept a comprehensive ban on anti-personnel landmines, Pakistan will strictly abide by its commitments and obligations under the amended Protocol II on landmines, to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. We will continue to work with other States parties to promote universal acceptance of Protocol II.