Russian troops arrive for first ever joint military exercise with Pakistan



  • Russian troops arrive for first ever joint military exercise with Pakistan

    RAWALPINDI: A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived in Pakistan on Friday for the first ever joint Pak-Russian exercise kicking off Sept 24.

    The two-week-long exercise is expected to continue until Oct 10, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa said.

    The exercises with Russian ground forces come at a time when tensions between Pakistan and India are running high following an attack on the Uri military camp in India-held Kashmir.

    Around 200 military personnel of both countries will participate in the drills, Radio Pakistan reported.

    The exercise is being seen as a demonstration of closer defence ties between Pakistan and Russia after they signed a military cooperation pact in 2014.

    It comes after intense drills by the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) earlier this week that officials said had been long-planned, including landing combat aircraft on the Islamabad-Lahore motorway.

    The PAF on Thursday launched the Highmark Exercise, shutting down sections of the motorway leading out of the capital to land “several” combat aircraft for the first time in six years, a senior security source told AFP.

    But Pakistani officials said Highmark is a routine exercise, with a senior security official telling AFP that preparations ─ including setting the dates it would take place ─ had begun around one year ago.

    The drill is aimed an enhancing “operational preparedness”, the official said, and will continue for several weeks followed by months of evaluation.

    Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nafees Zakariya said on Thursday that the moves were regular and routine.

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  • The ice is breaking between Russia and Pakistan. The hostilities of Soviet era have now been the things of past. I see more cooperation between Russia and Pakistan both in terms of military and civilian aspects in the coming days.

    Sore losers from across the border tried hard to weigh upon the joint exercise between the two countries after their Uri drama. But as usual they had to swallow their own shit in the end. Now they are consoling themselves with the fact that at least these exercises are not being conducted in Azad Kashmir. :laughing:



  • This is a good development. We should try to have good relationship with all the countries of the world.



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