amsterdam [Netherlands]May 31 (ANI): Baloch National Movement (BNM) activists held a rally and demonstration in Amsterdam to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear test in Balochistan, BNM reported.
“Pakistan’s nuclear weapons threaten world peace and stability,” said Jamal Baloch, media coordinator at BNM’s human rights department.
Addressing protesters, he said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons threatened world peace and stability.
He urged the international community to speak out against Pakistan’s nuclear program and dismantle it to end conflict and suffering in Balochistan and the region.
Protesters carried placards and banners bearing slogans against the devastating impact of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and tests on the people and environment of Baluchistan. Protesters also condemned human rights abuses by the Pakistani army in Balochistan.
The Baloch National Movement (BNM), founded in 1987, is the largest nationalist party seeking independence for Balochistan, according to the Balochistan National Movement.
Another protester, Nabeel Baloch, said the nuclear tests conducted by Balochistan on May 28 and May 30, 1998 in the Ras Koh mountains in the Chagai district affected millions of people, BNM reported. .
Many children are born with deformities and disabilities, and thousands more suffer from cancer, he said. He said most of them die within two or three years of age.
He said Balochistan was not a testing ground for Pakistan’s chemical weapons. Radioactive materials pollute soil, water and ecosystems.
Aalia Baloch, one of the protesters, also spoke about the impact of radiation on health and the environment in Chagai district. She said the radioactive material had polluted soil, water and ecosystems. She noted that many suffered from skin diseases and hepatitis, according to the Baloch National Movement.
She said the Baloch people consider May 28 to be a black day, according to the Baloch National Movement.
She demanded that the United Nations take concrete steps to curb Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and impose tough sanctions on it.
Karachi 1 (K1, KANUPP 1), the first nuclear power reactor of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), is a small 100 MWe (90 MWe net ) Canadian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR).
The unit opened in 1971 and closed in August 2021. It is under international safeguards. It ran on low power for a few years before being retired.
According to the World Nuclear Association, as of April 2022, Pakistan has six operational reactors supplied by China. However, Pakistan is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of its weapons programs and is largely excluded from trade in nuclear power plants or nuclear materials. (Arnie)
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