Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(d): Possible options for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention without prejudging policy outcomes and taking into account past, present and future proposals (29 August 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN

Mr. Chairperson,   Let me begin by once again commending your professional and skilful chairmanship of the GGE this week.   We associate ourselves with the statement delivered by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) earlier today and would like to reinforce and add a few points in our national capacity.   Mr. Chairperson,               Although…

Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(b): Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (28 August 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   Pakistan believes that the absence of human control over weapons with autonomous functions will fundamentally change the nature of war. Any weapon that delegates the power to make life and death decisions to machines, which inherently lack compassion and intuition, would be unethical. They will make war even more inhumane.     …

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 Agenda item 6(b): Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (11 April 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   We thank you for the useful compilation of views emailed yesterday.   Pakistan believes that the absence of human control over weapons with autonomous functions will fundamentally change the nature of war. LAWS are by nature unethical, because there is no longer a human in the loop and the power to make…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 Agenda item 6(a): Characterization of the systems under consideration in order to promote a common understanding on concepts and characteristics relevant to the objectives and purposes of the Convention (10 April 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   We thank you for circulating the extremely useful summary of views expressed by various delegations on the characterisation of LAWS. We also thank you for your opening remarks outlining four possible approaches for the characterisation issue. It has greatly helped in structuring the discussions and channelling our thoughts.   The discourse on…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018  

  General Exchange of Views – 9 April 2018 (Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of PAKISTAN)   Mr. Chairman,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on your re-appointment as the Chairman of this Group of Governmental Experts and assuring you of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. We thank you…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 General Exchange of Views – 9 April 2018 (Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of PAKISTAN)

Mr. Chairman,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on your re-appointment as the Chairman of this Group of Governmental Experts and assuring you of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. We thank you for the informal consultations undertaken by you in preparation for this meeting.   We align ourselves with the statement…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 Agenda item 6(c): Review of potential military applications of related technologies in the context of the Group’s work (12 April 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) are being described as the next revolution in military affairs, similar to the introduction of gun powder and nuclear weapons in the past. LAWS would indeed fundamentally change the nature of war and have a strong bearing on regional and international peace and security.   As stated…

Pakistan Elected as President of the Fifth CCW Review Conference

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