Joint exercise with Russia progressing well: ISPR

Published September 28, 2016
CHERAT: Pakistani and Russian troops participate in a joint army exercise on Tuesday.— APP
CHERAT: Pakistani and Russian troops participate in a joint army exercise on Tuesday.— APP

ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Army on Tuesday said joint military exercise with Russia was progressing well.

“The exercise brings value to both sides,” Military Spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said in a Twitter update about the drills that began on Saturday.

The update came as the special operations drills codenamed ‘Druzhbha-2016’ — a Russian word meaning “friendship” — got into full swing.

Commander of Peshawar Corps Lt Gen Hidayat-ur-Rehman visited the troops taking part in the exercise in Cherat and interacted with them. Initial couple of days were spent on acclimatisation, familiarisation and other procedures, a military official said.

The exercise will continue till Oct 10. Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif is expected to attend the concluding ceremony. A contingent of Russian troops is in Pakistan for the first joint military exercise here, which was described as a reflection of the growing relations between the two militaries.

The two countries have a defence cooperation agreement which they signed in Nov 2014. It provides for cooperation for promoting international security; intensification of counterterrorism efforts and arms control activities; strengthening collaboration in various military fields and sharing experiences.

The exercise came as a surprise to Indians, who expected Moscow to pay heed to their advice against participating in it.

Published in Dawn, September 28th, 2016

Opinion

Editorial

On a leash
Updated 22 Feb, 2024

On a leash

Shehbaz will not find it easy to introduce the much-needed major changes to the economy without running into resistance.
Shameful veto
22 Feb, 2024

Shameful veto

THE US has scored a hat-trick by vetoing, for the third time, a resolution in the UN Security Council calling for an...
Truth under threat
22 Feb, 2024

Truth under threat

AS WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange mounts a last-ditch effort against being extradited from the UK to the US, one...
Silencing the public
Updated 21 Feb, 2024

Silencing the public

Acting as if it is unaccountable, it is now curtailing citizens’ digital rights without even bothering to come up with a justification.
Fitch’s concern
Updated 21 Feb, 2024

Fitch’s concern

It warns that “near-term political uncertainty may complicate the country’s efforts to secure a financing agreement with the IMF to succeed the Stand-by Arrangement”.
Zoo zealotry
Updated 21 Feb, 2024

Zoo zealotry

IN a bizarre twist of faith and fur, the Indian right-wing Hindu nationalist group, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has...