Russian troops arrive for first ever joint 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.

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

The Russian Army earlier this year announced it would hold seven exercises in 2016, including its first special drill with Pakistan.

Earlier this month, US and Pakistani forces held a joint exercise “Inspired Gambit” in South Carolina. SSG and aviation troops participated in the exercise.

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.

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