Pakistan on Friday submitted a dossier to the United Nations, urging the world body to declare India as an ‘environmental terrorist’ for bombing trees and harming animals on its soil, reported Express News.
The move comes after Indian jets carried out a botched air strike in the Balakot area, leading to heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed states. Global powers mediated to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.
“On February 26, Indian air force planes dropped payload shamefully on Pakistani forests and tried to damage the country’s environmental assets in the attack,” said the dossier submitted to the UN.
The dossier also urged the United Nations “to take notice of India’s eco-terrorism”.
“New Delhi harmed Pakistan’s trees in the attack and by doing so, it violated the Geneva Convention. Therefore, the UN must take the ‘Champion of Earth’ award once given by the global organisation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Earlier in March, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Adviser on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam had declared that Islamabad would lodge a formal complaint with the UN soon.
In a statement, he had insisted India’s air strikes caused damage to the government’s ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ nature reserve.
The adviser had said causing harm to the environment and damaging trees and birds comes under eco-terrorism.
Aslam had said that several international and local journalists also visited the damaged site and they confirmed that the Indian dumping of payload damaged several trees in the areas and killed a few crows.
Two Reuters reporters who visited the site of the bombings, where four large craters could be seen, said up to 15 pine trees had been brought down by the also dismissed Indian claims that hundreds of militants were killed.
Local villagers said there had been a series of huge explosions but the bombs appeared to have landed among trees.
However, New Delhi was quick to claim that hundreds of terrorists had died in the attack.
According to the UN General Assembly resolution 47/37, “destruction of the environment not justified by military necessity and carried out wantonly, is clearly contrary to existing international law.”