Islamabad - The Senate Standing Committee on Defence on Thursday sought details of drone strikes carried so far by the US-led NATO forces inside Pakistan’s territory causing injuries and deaths to innocent civilians.

The committee decided that a unanimous motion would be moved to the Senate to call upon the government to demand compensation from NATO on the losses inflicted by the drone strikes to innocent civilians.

The committee was presided over by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS).

Mushahid observed that drone strikes were a violation of the international laws and the committee would make all-out efforts to provide relief to the innocent civilians.

The committee thanked Senator Javed Abbasi for raising the drone strikes issue. The committee also adopted a unanimous resolution to express solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir struggling for their right to self-determination and independence from the Indian occupied forces.

The resolution condemned the barbaric approach adopted by the Indian occupied forces to suppress the indigenous movement for independence. The resolution was moved by Senator Sehar Kamran.

Earlier, the committee was given a detailed briefing by Defence Secretary Lt-Gen(retd) Zamir Ul Hassan on the situation along Pakistan-Afghanistan border and Pakistan-India borders.

He said that Pakistan shares 2,611 kilometre-long border with Afghanistan having 975 border posts on the Pakistan side. He said Afghanistan has constructed 218 posts but these posts were not enough to check the cross-border infiltration into Pakistani territory.

He said that 307 attacks have so far been carried out this year by the militants penetrating into the Pakistani area.

While briefing the committee on the construction of the security fence, he said that out of the 2,057 kilometre-long fence-able area, 43 km has been fenced and a project of Rs56 billion has been conceived which would be completed in two years.

He said that nearly 45 percent territory of Afghanistan was still an ungoverned space and militants infiltrate into Pakistan for targeting civilians and the armed forces.

Replying to a question, the defence secretary said that the Afghan president, during his meeting with Pakistan Army Chief in Kabul, had expressed the desire that Pakistan should assist Afghanistan in the reconciliation process.

Regarding, Pakistan-Indian borders, the defence secretary said that India was involved in targeting the civilian population close to the Line of Control and the Working Boundary and even targeted the UN military observer team.

He said that India was involved in the violation of human rights and international laws by using brutal force against the innocent civilians in IOK and in 2017, 1,299 violations of the ceasefire were committed by India.

The recent drone strikes, he said, was not inside Pakistan’s territory. He denied any confirmation of the death of Khalid Khurasani, leader of the banned outfit, in the strike. However, he said that Khalid Naray has been killed in the strike.

The meeting was attended by senators Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Hidayat Ullah, Atta-ur Rehman, Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Sehar Kamran, Brig(retd) John Kenneth Williams and Saleem Mandviwala and others.