IHR:(AI launches drive, online petition for ban on pellet guns in IOK)

Srinagar: International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has launched a postcard campaign and an online petition to press for the ban on the use of pellet gun in Indian Held Kashmir.

The drive is meant to put pressure on India to conduct an independent investigation into cases of killings and serious injuries caused by the pellets and bring people from across held territory to write postcards to puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Executive Director Amnesty International India Aakar Patel has said “it is shameful that the serious concerns raised repeatedly regarding the use of pellet-firing guns have failed to receive sufficient attention from the government,” .

Campaigner Amnesty International India Zahoor Wani said “through this campaign, we want to send a message that the people of Kashmir want an immediate end to the use of pellet-firing shotguns.”

The Amnesty says the use of pellet shotguns in Occupied Kashmir violates international standards on the use of force.