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UN weapons inspectors to visit Pak

Islamabad, April 22
A three-member United Nations team is arriving in Pakistan on April 29 to look for chemical weapons, says ‘The News’.

The inspection will be first of its kind, with focus on enforcing the UN’s Chemical Weapon Convention (CWC) Treaty that binds its signatories to destroy their chemical weapons and open their sites to the UN inspectors to ensure that they are not producing chemical weapons. 

Pakistan, being a signatory to the CWC Treaty signed in 1993, is bound to open its chemical-industry sites to the inspectors to show that it is not making chemical weapons. The treaty was enforced in 1994.

A UN team will conduct its first-ever inspection in Pakistan at the Fauji Jordon Fertiliser. Members of the team include a Mexican, a Swedish and a Pakistani. 

During the visit, the team will only search Fauji Jordon Fertiliser, the premises of which will be opened to the inspectors within 12 hours of their arrival in Pakistan. ANI

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