Russia-Pakistan to conduct joint military drills


Russia and Pakistan troops have joined hands to conduct joint military drills on Friday. The military drills will be held in sensitive areas like Gilgit and Baltistan.

Rusian Embassy in statement asserted that, "Contrary to some reports appearing in a section of the press, the Russia-Pakistan anti-terror exercise is not being held and will not be held in any point of so-called "Azad Kashmir" or in any other sensitive or problematic areas like Gilgit and Baltistan."

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Cherat which is situated in Nowshera region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Rattu is in Astore region in Gilgit Baltistan, a region asserted by India. 

Russian troops landed in Pakistan on Friday for the principal ever joint military activity by the Cold War rivals. 

The Pakistan media said that the strategic drills will be held from September 24 to October 7 in the Army High Altitude School in northern Pakistan's Rattu and at a Special Forces Training Center in Cherat. 


India had before passed on its worries to Russia over the military activities. 

"There has been persistent correspondence between MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) and our partners in Russia," External Affairs Ministry representative Vikas Swarup said in his week after week media preparation in New Delhi on Thursday. 

"This issue was likewise talked about at an abnormal state – at the between legislative commission – that was held amongst India and Russia," he said. 

Depicting Pakistan-directed Kashmir as a feature of sovereign Indian domain, Swarup expressed: "In this way, our sensitivities in such manner are outstanding globally and given our special and key association with Russia, we have legitimately passed on our worries to them." 

The Russian explanation came not long after its military staff participating in the drill landed in Pakistan, belying prior media reports that Moscow had drop the activity in the wake of the dread assault that executed 18 troopers at an armed force camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, on September 18. 

Around 200 servicemen from both sides will take an interest in the activity, called Druzhba-2016 (Friendship-2016). 

"The targets of the joint activity incorporate creating collaboration between ground powers of the two nations, enhancing strategic capacities of the taking an interest military work force and building up an establishment for future associations," the Pakistan consulate in Moscow said in an announcement. 

It said the activities were an "appearance of the yearning" of Islamabad and Moscow "to improve two-sided participation in all fields of common enthusiasm including barrier". 

Experts have noticed a warming of Pakistan's ties with Russia, even as its ties with its long haul partner, the US, appear to cool. 

Pakistan is especially looking to Russia for arms. Reports said Moscow as of late secured an arrangement for four Mi-35 assault helicopters, even as Islamabad is additionally investigating the potential outcomes of purchasing Su-35 contender planes. 

The two nations consented to a military collaboration arrangement in 2014 to upgrade protection participation. 

By chance, India on Friday marked an arrangement with France for purchasing 36 Rafale multi-part battle planes "off the rack".

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