Indo-Pak first joint exercise in Russian Federation

by Garry Watts May 2, 2018, 1:05
Indo-Pak first joint exercise in Russian Federation

Marking it as a first-ever since the Independence, the two countries will participate in a multi-nation counter-terrorism military drill scheduled to be held in Russian Federation in September.

"Russia has been a strong supporter of Pakistan's membership of SCO which affords another useful platform for close cooperation on matters of common concern", the Pakistan Foreign Office said in its statement, Geo TV reported.

It will be for the first time since Independence that India and Pakistan will both be part of a military exercise, though the armies of the two nations have worked together in UN peace keeping missions, they said.

Defence Minister Nirmala confirmed India's participation in the military drill during her recent visit to China to attend the SCO Defence Ministers' meeting.

India and Pakistan were admitted as observers to the SCO in 2005 and became full members past year.

India and Pakistan were admitted as observers of the grouping in 2005. The exercise will have participation of other SCO members, including China. The objective of such a military exercise is going to enhance counter-terror cooperation among the SCO countries. There are eight members of the SCO, out of which India and Pakistan were included previous year.

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Since the summit was founded, the SCO has now expanded representing over 40 percent of humanity and almost 20 percent of the global GDP.

India feels that as an SCO member, it will be able to play a major role in addressing the threat of terrorism in the region.

While India's entry into the multi-nation military drill was pushed by Russia, Pakistan's entry was backed by China.

The month of September this year is likely to witness a historical moment as India and Pakistan will take part in a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russian Federation.

While India and China have been holding joint military exercise for years, last year's border stand-off had come in the way of the exercise.

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