WION New Delhi, India
Sep 23, 2016, 12.29 PM
Russian forces arrived in Pakistan on Friday for their first-ever joint military exercise with the Pakistani Army, reported the Hindustan Times.
Lieutenant-General Asim Saleem Bajwa, the director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted photographs of the Russian forces after they arrived in Rawalpindi.
A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived Pak for 1st ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (2 weeks) from 24 Sep to 10 Oct 2016 pic.twitter.com/eWzQMlENL6
The joint military exercise, starting on September 24, was earlier reported to have been cancelled in the wake of the September 18 attack on an Indian army base in Jammu and Kashmir that left 18 soldiers dead.
The military drill named ‘Friendship 2016’ is a first between the two countries. It will continue till October 7, according to the Pakistan media.
The drill will be held in Cherat located in the Khyber Pakhuntkwa province of Pakistan.
About 200 soldiers from each side will take part in the two-week war-game, reported the Hindustan Times.