Russian forces arrive in Pakistan for first-ever joint military exercise

Published: September 23, 2016
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The Russian troops will be in the country for two weeks from Sep 24 to October 10 PHOTO: ISPR

The Russian troops will be in the country for two weeks from Sep 24 to October 10 PHOTO: ISPR

In a first, Russian forces arrived in Pakistan on Friday to participate in joint military exercises.

“A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived in Pakistan for first ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (two weeks) from September 24 to October 10,” DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted.

In a first, Pakistan, Russia to hold joint war games

The Russian troops will be in the country for two weeks from September 24 to October 10. The joint military drill is seen as another step in growing military-to-military cooperation, indicating a steady growth in bilateral relationship between the two countries, whose ties had been marred by Cold War rivalry for decades.

Following the Uri attack in held-Kashmir, several Indian news sources claimed that Russia had called off the joint war games with Pakistan. However, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalilullah on Monday denied that Russia had cancelled planned joint military drills.

Talking to The Express Tribune from Moscow, Khalilullah said the joint Pakistan-Russia military exercises will take place as scheduled. The first-ever military drills between the two former Cold War rivals – named ‘Friendship 2016’ – will start from September 24 and continue till October 7.

Russia hasn’t called off joint military drills: Khalilullah

A senior Pakistani official said that around 200 military personnel from the two sides would take part in the joint military exercises. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Moscow Qazi Khalilullah told The Express Tribune that this is the first time that military personnel from the two countries would be taking part in joint military drills, otherwise called ‘Friendship-2016’.

The development, Khalilullah said, reflected increased cooperation between the two countries. “This obviously indicates a desire on both sides to broaden defence and military-technical cooperation,” he separately told a Russian news agency.

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  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:01AM

    Welcome Russia………for Indians Pakistan is really isolated…. Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:15AM

    And the Indians were saying that these were cancelled :D lalalalallalaRecommend

  • HT
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:45AM

    All to Indian newspaper quoted that these exercises are cancelled. ?????? World is isolating Pakistan because of Indian pressure. Another Failure of Indian diplomacy, their longstanding friend now building military relations with Pakistan.
    Modi will proved to be a disaster for India…. Recommend

  • Mozart
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:52AM

    Welcome! Great timing as well :).Recommend

  • Furkan Awan
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:58AM

    Pakistan heartily welcomes Russian forces.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Sep 23, 2016 - 11:59AM

    And Indian media already cancelled these joint military exercises three days ago. I wonder how much lies they made in other news and misguide the Indian public?. Recommend

  • Shan
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Well this is another sign of Russian politics of principle and straightforwardness. On contrary, US flawed policies are endangering the security of every second state in the region. Pakistan should take every step meticulously in order further cement the current trend.Recommend

  • Pakpatriot
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:16PM

    Very appreciated, This clearly seems that the gorvernment and establishment is out of uncle sam possession…!!Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:24PM

    Signs of shift, India going for US and Russia going for Pak to keep presence in the region .. Russia maybe comparatively weaker ally but is far far more reliable and loyal than US, good for Pak.Recommend

  • Asad
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:44PM

    @Shan:
    And I wonder how easily these lies are digested by the people of India.Recommend

  • jawad
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:52PM

    Pakistan also should hold joint military exercise witn Israel as well to respond to India for trying to isolate pakistan. Israel is on knee to have good relations with pakistan and it is in Pakistan’s interest to have relations with israel. Recommend

  • ghazal- india
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:53PM

    Indians are doing exercise with everyone , including china and USA, so they cannot complaint. objection was for exercise in pak occupied kashmir . if exercise is in POK then Pakistan perception is correct otherwise writing is on wallRecommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 23, 2016 - 12:57PM

    Putin…..makes a point…… I bet someone somewhere is listening.Recommend

  • nabidad
    Sep 23, 2016 - 1:19PM

    Pakistan heartily welcomes Russian forcesRecommend

  • PatrioticPaki
    Sep 23, 2016 - 2:24PM

    @Ghazal-India, Well it’s your “Indian media” who lied to the world and said that “Russia called of Joint exercise with Pak”, I wonder how much your media lied to you until now.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 23, 2016 - 2:28PM

    Visa-free visits for Russian and Bangladesh Diplomatic and Official (service) passport holders. Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 23, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Russian forces were in Pakistani soil (West- and East-Pakistan) as advisors with Mukti Bahini and Indian Armed Forces in 1971.Recommend

  • Zealot
    Sep 23, 2016 - 3:02PM

    Its a good move by Russians.Currently india US defence pact will further bring Russians and china to pakistan so Pakistan-Russia and China alliance is likely.Russians are angry with US and even in SCS Russians started war games in SCS with Chinese.so gone were days when Russians were ready to fight with china if they supported pakistan in 1971.this is new shift in Geostrategic,geopolitics arena.US will Dump money either via TPP or via TATI.or by arming india and south east asian allies.pakistan next ally will be MIDDLE EAST.but this whole alignment will work when any aggressive,wise and visionary leader will lead pakistan.Afghanistan at the end had no option but to be a part of CPEC….SO EVERYTHING IS GETTING BETTER…..Recommend

  • Rehman
    Sep 23, 2016 - 3:26PM

    With Russian and Chinese help, Pakistan will be able to defeat India. Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • Dr.Shahzain Baloch
    Sep 23, 2016 - 3:50PM

    It shows how the India media is misguiding their own Illiterate people on many Issues. Earlier Almost every Indian channel had claimed that Russia has called off these Drills. Long Live Pakistan Russia China Iran Friendship.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 23, 2016 - 4:02PM

    There is nothing which we can learn from Russians. This is our terrain and our way of war. However Russian forces can learn how to rule while sitting behind curtain? How to aggravate situation without any reason and how to make it normal. How to PAT anarchists and fake revolutionary thugs. How to abandon them and send them abroad in middle of the night.Recommend

  • {Iqbal}
    Sep 23, 2016 - 4:53PM

    This means –

    a) A statement of political support and an expression of trust.
    b) Possible transfer of military equipment (with training how to use it) and munitions.
    c) Temporary protection – for the duration of training.Recommend

  • Zealot
    Sep 23, 2016 - 4:56PM

    @Rehman:
    Lets think indegenously.Russians and Chinese would be next after middle eastren countries to Boost FDI via CPEC and other projects.WE DONT NEED ANYONE’s HELP DEAR……OUR TARGET MUST BE TO MAINTAIN BALANCE OF POWER EITHER BY COMPETETIVE ARMAMENT OR BY ECONOMICAL WAYS OR BY MAKING ALLIANCEs.AND THE DEMAND OF CURRENT SITUATION WOULD CERTAINLY BE WHAT I MENTIONED ABOVE.MARK MY WORDS!!!!Recommend

  • Azeem Shaukat
    Sep 23, 2016 - 5:22PM

    Pakistan heartily welcomes Russian forces for joint military exercise……………………………… jealous India Recommend

  • Azeem Shaukat
    Sep 23, 2016 - 5:25PM

    Pakistan welcomes Russian forces for joint military exercise……………………………… jealous India Recommend

  • Rahul
    Sep 23, 2016 - 6:06PM

    Indians have been enjoying Russian made flying coffins, driving coffins and sailing coffins for long enough. It is now Pakistan’s turn to enjoy!Recommend

  • turbo
    Sep 23, 2016 - 7:05PM

    I wonder where did all the feisty Indians went who don’t waste a second to bash Pakistan!Recommend

  • NKAli
    Sep 23, 2016 - 7:14PM

    Welcome! Khush amdeed! Ameen. Finally, common sense prevails! Having a military and economic alliance with a superpower that is 10000 miles away is not good business sense. India will be more successful in its relationship with USA because of the size of its populous market. At least better than ours. Salams Recommend

  • Oommen
    Sep 24, 2016 - 1:28AM

    Russian-Indian alliance is not going to end if they practice AK 47 with Pakistan. Russians are not going to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. They even practice with Vietnam(china’s no 1 enemy)
    same with India (China, Japan, Iran, Israel, US, Russia)Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 24, 2016 - 7:46AM

    Irrespective of everything, it is certainly something for Pakistan to cheer and celebrate, primarily because Indian news media claimed that Russia has cancelled joint military exercise with Pakistan.

    Also, it was too naive of India to expect this from Russia, irrespective of excellent relations that India has with Russia. Russia can have relationship that it sees is in its interest that will not harm India. Indian media making such false and unverified claims could be construed as India dictating terms to Russia, rather than making a friendly request to Russia.

    PS: Sanjay Kumar has already written his piece on Modi today. We should expect Sapan Kapoor to write his piece tomorrow on how India has embarrassed itself.Recommend

  • Stayameva Jayate
    Sep 24, 2016 - 12:16PM

    “In a statement from the Russian embassy in New Delhi on Friday, Russia said 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.
    The statement added the only venue of the exercise is Cherat, referring to a place in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa.
    The Russian Embassy said all reports alleging the drills taking place at the high altitude military school in Rattu are erroneous and mischievous”Recommend

  • Jamal-ud-Din
    Sep 24, 2016 - 10:12PM

    Another blow to India after recovering weapons with “Pakistani markings”. Another successful diplomatic move by India to isolate Pakistan.Recommend

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