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Joint exercise with Russia progressing well: ISPR

Updated Sep 28, 2016 09:12am


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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


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Dheeraj Sep 28, 2016 09:21am

Ok...well done.

Aslam shaikh Sep 28, 2016 09:26am

This is military exercise and not diplomatic victory. Please call spade as spade

taimoor khan Sep 28, 2016 09:25am

Together China,Russia,Pakistan ,Iran can control Asia and the world, Afghanistan which is now under US control is working as puppet for Indian interests , but together we can drive out US and bring new friendly regime in Afghanistan.

Ash India Sep 28, 2016 09:30am

Good, Russians are good friends.

Sohail Khan Gem Sep 28, 2016 09:33am

PAK Russian zindabad. Keep it up.

Sohail Khan Gem Sep 28, 2016 09:32am

@Dheeraj we know it's very weldone.

Masood Sep 28, 2016 09:35am


Shafique USA Sep 28, 2016 09:43am

Excellent!!! Promote friendship with all neighbors

Boomerang Sep 28, 2016 10:03am

@Rudra Matsa Your comment is understandable brother. It's mistakes of Modi that has made Putin make right decision.

raja Sep 28, 2016 10:25am

Everything happening in pakostan is taken as a victory over india these days. How desperate can one get?

Shabbir Afridi Sep 28, 2016 10:32am

Russians wanted to know what does it take to be the best of the best. Now is a good time to learn

Qasim Sep 28, 2016 12:14pm

At the height of a stand-off with India, Russia disregarded Indian pressure and came to Pakistan for this exercise.

Gotta respect Russia, they aren't "morally flexible" on their promises like the US.

Karim Mombani Sep 28, 2016 12:33pm

This is a good approach such exercise are helpful to both countries and a lot can be learned from it. Nothing for India to worry about, if they want to learn they are most welcomed.

Imran Sep 28, 2016 12:51pm

What is the outcome of these exercises vis a vis the amount of money spent on these. Just wondering

Gandhi Sep 28, 2016 01:05pm

Pakisthan or India both brotherwood neighbours dont understand that America & Europe and Russia are profitting to sell their arms to fight more and more these countries make good money & ecomony ! Here these both(india & pakisthan) countries people are in poverty not even eating one normal meal a day and also no medicines hospital fecilities to cure their illness as well ? ? ? ?

The end is near Sep 28, 2016 01:21pm

Good Work Pak and Russian Army. Keep it up.

avi Sep 28, 2016 01:34pm

for your information dawn. India is also holding an exercise with Russia at voldsvok in far west Russia. and it is not a smaller one. Tanks rockets and drones are also being used

lafanga Sep 28, 2016 01:40pm

@Aslam shaikh What do you call it when India asked Russia not to attend but Russians snubbed India and attended it and that too in Gilgit Baltistan area?

Raja farhat Abbas Sep 28, 2016 02:19pm

@Dheeraj ...Really we do not need your pat on the back or approval.

Raja farhat Abbas Sep 28, 2016 02:20pm

@avi ..Big deal.

Taimoor Khan Sep 28, 2016 02:25pm

@Aslam shaikh Military excerise between the two nations is the biggest diplomatic victory, specially when there has never been one in past and with the historical baggage they both carry. Not sure which world you are living in.

This will give plenty of heartache to few nations however.

Omar Sep 28, 2016 02:41pm

Nice to see such exercises. Hope to see greater interaction between our two great nations and further expansion of our relations into the economic, business, trade and defence cooperation fields as well! Welcome to Pakistan anytime Russia!

avi Sep 28, 2016 02:51pm

they are doing exercise with Pakistan but are going to lease 2nd nuclear submarine to india plus they have also exported an aircraft carrier to India and are also helping Indians with aircraft arresting tech for the aircraft India is constructing at cochi.

News Sep 28, 2016 03:10pm

They can do all exercises they want but if the people of pakistan are not safe, well then whats the point of all this, honestly whats the point...

avi Sep 28, 2016 03:22pm

@TAIMOOR KHAN have a look here::

what will you say about this??

Abdul Rehman Sep 28, 2016 03:36pm

Russia is conducting military exercises with both India and Pakistan at the same time.

70 Russians + 70 Pakistanis taking part in Russia-Pakistan drill. 250 Russians + 250 Indians taking part in Russia-India drill.

Iftikhar Husain Sep 28, 2016 04:17pm

Russia is a super power and has the latest military equipments will benefit Pakistan army to tackle terrorist threat.

Talha Sep 28, 2016 04:24pm

@raja Ask India as it thinks even pigeons flying from Pakistan are either Pakistani spies or terrorists.

Talha Sep 28, 2016 04:24pm

@avi It is not important whether Russia is holding such exercises with India or not. What is important is that Russia refused the Indian request of isolating Pakistan and have continued with the exercise with Pakistan.

Simba Sep 28, 2016 04:29pm

@Abdul Rehman You are right.

Asim Sep 28, 2016 04:40pm

Russians are far honest, truthful and straightforward compare to other allies. At least there is no hypocrisy and back stabbing. Pakistan, China and Russia can form best strategic, defense and economic bloc.

indian muslim Sep 28, 2016 05:02pm

The Future Lies with Russia and China. Emerged Super powers with Economic and Military might

S. Lalani Sep 28, 2016 05:16pm

Efforts should also be made to have joint military exercises in which Pakistan, China and Russia participate. That will give a strong signal to both India and the US.

Toni Reza Sep 28, 2016 05:59pm

@taimoor khan Fantastic idea !

sid.sid Sep 28, 2016 06:11pm

Same time 250 indian army soldier r in Russia for joint military exercise " indra 2016"

sana-1 Sep 28, 2016 06:20pm

@Aslam shaikh If its not a diplomatic victory then was modi's letter to putin (asking him to cancel the exercise) a diplomatic victory?

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S. A Sep 28, 2016 06:31pm

Pakistan will prove to be a good, dependable partner for Russia-not a cunning clever fox always out to scavenge. The partnership is a natural club of mutual interests with China, Turkey and Iran as its vital members.

Pakistani Sep 28, 2016 07:16pm

An excellent first start; let us hope this spirit of cooperation and building of mutual ties continues. Pakistan should never have ignored such an important and influential country as Russia, specially when it is its immediate neighbor. But ties can be mended and must be mended. The need for local alliances and cooperation is a must. More importantly, it is the right and principled thing to do. We must focus on our immediate neighborhood, and build friendly ties with all those who do not harbor us ill will.

We also need to get out of this mindset of building ties with one party at the expense of other. And should it come to that, building ties with neighbors should always take priority.

Pakistani Sep 28, 2016 07:17pm

As always, our eastern neighbor could not digest anything good happening in Pakistan and tried its best to discourage Russians from going ahead with the cooperation.

Faraz Sep 28, 2016 07:23pm

@Aslam shaikh You should familiarize yourself with the modern diplomacy where military tactics go hand in hand with the table talks.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S. A Sep 28, 2016 07:50pm

@Aslam shaikh "This ismilitary exercise and not diplomatic victory. Please call spade as spade". And what do you call a diplomatic victory-nothing when that nothing happens in a vacuum of nothingness. Joint military exercises happen jointly only when there is diplomatic good will between countries. And it is diplomatic defeat when one country shuns away the other country for what it regards as unacceptable such as when Russia rejected India's request to not hold this military exercise with Pakistan.

ali Sep 28, 2016 08:29pm

we love you russia

P.C.PANDEY Sep 28, 2016 09:16pm

Indian Dfence and Mass Market has something that Neither Russia nor US,China can afford to ignore.So remember it is Russian way to so India their importance so that India should keep Russian hopes in next defence deal alive.Can Pakistan offer Market worth Billions?

javed khan Sep 28, 2016 09:30pm

@raja : Vice versa.

ozzy Sep 28, 2016 10:02pm

@P.C.PANDEY remember its not always about money.

Samir Lone Sep 28, 2016 10:55pm

So much for "isolating" Pakistan. Good luck to these two formidable forces. Long live Pakistan

Samir Lone Sep 28, 2016 11:00pm

@avi and we have tools to destroy aircraft carriers already, what's your point

zak Sep 28, 2016 11:17pm

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

You betray them and then want them to heed you. Live in the real world.

zak Sep 28, 2016 11:17pm

@Ash India We have an old friend, US and a loyal friend China. Now we have a new friend Russia.

asad lateef Sep 29, 2016 12:14am

@taimoor khan yes,Iranian navel ships docked at Karachi navel yard yesterday,for navel exercise.

Changez_Khan Sep 29, 2016 12:38am

Pak-China friendship Zindabad. Pak-Russia friendship Zindabad.

NC Sep 29, 2016 02:09am

@javed khan , Not really

Notkhaki-71 Sep 29, 2016 02:27am

Military exercise!! I only remember the past slogan "The USSR coming to take the hot water sea".

Notkhaki-71 Sep 29, 2016 02:54am

All the game by the unknown.

Bitter truth Sep 29, 2016 06:11am

India and Russia are developing latest state of the art missile bhramos for using against those who dare to attack them . so this exercises is a just like peanut's gave to a child to make him happy . so don't worry be Happy.

Insaan Sep 29, 2016 06:15am

No surprise to us - you are smart alecs! Don't forget to act good, and be good!

Sarad Sep 29, 2016 07:32am

It is good news.

Abid Hafeez Sep 29, 2016 08:42am

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