DAK Seeks Ban on Pellet Guns

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today expressed shock over the unabated use of pellet guns which have led to loss of lives and left many civilians blinded.

President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that government should immediately stop the brutal use of pellet guns as they cause serious injuries.

The fallacy of non lethality of pellet guns has become obvious and there is no justification of their use.

A delegation of DAK visited palhalan youth at SMHS hospital who was recently injured by hailstorm of pellets which left him blinded and disfigured.

Pellet injuries terribly maim and disrupt human life turning the lives of injured into half-lives.

Pellets cause serious injuries and can be fatal if they hit vital organs.

Police chief of Kashmir acknowledged that the pellets when fired do not have predictable trajectory.

The use of pellet gun is not in line with international standards and violates the basic norms of human rights.

Human rights watchdog has asked J&K authorities to prohibit the use of pellet firing shot gun in policing demonstrations as they are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate.

The ruling PDP legislators last year in opposition protested against the uninhibited and unabated use of pellet gun against peaceful demonstrators and described them lethal.

The use of pellet guns on unarmed civilians is inhumane and government should immediately ban the use of these deadly weapons.

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