The Pakistan army has issued a ban on the use of airless bags in the country’s airspace following a spate of attacks, including one that left two people dead in the city of Charsadda on Tuesday.
“The airless bag is banned in the airspace of the country,” Army spokesman Lt-Gen (res) Muhammad Naeem said in a statement.
“We will not allow any violation of the rules of international and Pakistani airspace,” he added.
On Tuesday, two men were killed in the northern city of Chakar in a twin bomb attack.
It was not clear whether they were Pakistani nationals or foreigners.
Pakistan’s state-run broadcaster, Geo TV, reported on Tuesday that two women were also killed and that four other people were injured in the attack.
The army said it would ban the use “any air bag that is made of polyester and plastic material”.
A senior official said that while Pakistan is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the country was not bound by its provisions.
“If it is not allowed to use it, it would become a weapon and it would be a violation of international law,” the official told Reuters news agency.
“It could lead to more casualties,” the officer added.
Last week, the army deployed thousands of troops and troops were deployed across the country, in an effort to root out militants and bolster security.