Terminators coming: Pakistan calls for ban on killer robots

The introduction of LAWS would be illegal, unethical, inhumane and unaccountable, Ambassador Zamir Akram

APP October 24, 2014


Pakistan is calling for a pre-emptive ban on the development of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), known as killer robots, that are capable of making their own combat decisions without human intervention, saying such devices would undermine world peace.

“The introduction of LAWS would be illegal, unethical, inhumane and unaccountable as well as destabilising for international peace and security with grave consequences,” Ambassador Zamir Akram told the General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security matters.

“Their (LAWS’) further development and use must be pre-emptively banned, and the states currently developing such weapons should place an immediate moratorium on their production and use.”

Akram also focused on the use of armed drones. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2014.

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