ISLAMABAD -  A report of the Senate’s joint committee, presented before the Upper House on Friday, says that India has violated ceasefire agreement at the Line of Control (LoC) for 103 times in past one year and at least 58 times after the Uri attack that took place on September 18.

 The report of Senate Joint Committee - defence and foreign Affairs - titled “Aftermath of the drone strike against Mullah Akhter Mansoor; impact on Pakistan-US security relations,” and prepared by senators Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Nuzhat Sadiq was presented in the house.

The report quotes facts and figures shared by Secretary Defence Lieutenant General (Retd) Zamir Ul Hassan Shah and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry during their briefings to the joint committee.

The report says that all the three armed forces have ensured their operational preparedness in the backdrop of the existing situation. It says that Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy both are alert to the situation besides Pakistan Army and have conducted preparedness exercises.

Pakistan does not initiate any border violations but all border violations are responded adequately, it says adding that the violations from India are confined to ceasefire violations only.

The report said that 40 per cent to 60 per cent of the armed forces of India deployed in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) were currently out of their cantonments whereas one additional division has been moved into the Kashmir valley.

The document explains that India deployed SU aircraft in the IOK, which can possibly have three consequences including application of an indirect strategy by India to target soft and high-value targets, the ground strategy whereby ground and air activity by Indian forces is a possibility and the combination of both these strategies. “Pakistan is aware of this situation,” said the report.

The report rejected the claims of India’s claim about a surgical strike inside Pakistani territory at the LoC. The document said that the same required physical crossing of the LoC with a physical attack on the predetermined target. “None of these actions took place so there can be no question of a surgical strike,” it added.  

The secretary defence in a briefing told the committee that there were 598 gates installed at international border and 179 gates at the Working Boundary. The framework of border management between the two countries is based on the Border Ground Rules 1960.

About Pak-Afghan border situation, the report reveals that since mid-August following the launch of operation Khyber-III, 86 cross-border violations from Afghan territory have taken place. Two serious incidents of cross-border firing over the past week were reported.

“The presence of a number of insurgent groups in the area on the Afghan side makes it difficult to ascertain whether the firing/shelling has been done by the security forces or the insurgents-Pakistan is following an effective border management policy by maintaining close coordination with the Afghan government through regular consultations,” it added.

The report concludes that the key to resolution of all outstanding disputes between Afghanistan and Pakistan lies in the reconciliation process, which unfortunately has stalled after the killing of Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.