Russia hasn’t called off joint military drills: Khalilullah

Published: September 20, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday denied that Russia had cancelled planned joint military drills with the country in the aftermath of Sunday’s attack on an Indian army base in Uri.

Talking to The Express Tribune from Moscow, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia Qazi 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.

Earlier on Monday, several Indian news sources claimed that Russia had called off the joint war games with Pakistan following the attack in Uri.

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

However, the claims were seemingly contradicted by a Press Trust of India report as well which quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying that New Delhi need not worry about the exercises.

“We were informed by [Russia’s] defence ministry that these exercises will not be carried out in disputed areas, and a place was chosen that has nothing to do with this. Hence there is no reason for India to worry,” Russian foreign ministry’s Second Asian Department, Zamir Kabulov said.

The military drills are set to take place at Pakistan Army’s High Altitude School in Rattu, Gilgit-Baltistan and the SSG training centre in Cherat.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Tp
    Sep 20, 2016 - 11:46AM

    Putin’s spokesman himself has confirmed that the “drills” are called off.Recommend

  • Fast
    Sep 20, 2016 - 12:54PM

    Russians are intelligent people. There decisions are not based on false propaganda from a specific country. These exercises are named “Friendship 2016” for a particular reason and background. So if someone is dreaming to stop these exercises is insane.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 20, 2016 - 1:45PM

    Knowing the Russians, they will decide on the last day, if they have not decided yet. Their Intelligence Agencies will brief the government on the veracity of evidence provided before taking a decision. Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Sep 20, 2016 - 2:39PM

    @Fast:
    You seem to know Russians better.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 20, 2016 - 2:49PM

    Pakistan releases press release on behalf of OIC, China,Russia and America?Recommend

  • LOL
    Sep 20, 2016 - 2:53PM

    keep making up false stories and fictional movies India. the world is not interested.Recommend

  • GHAZAL-INDIA
    Sep 20, 2016 - 4:25PM

    WHY EXPLANATION , If Russia is OK with exercise in POKRecommend

  • Roy
    Sep 20, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Another snub to the delusional and jingoistic indians.

    No one listening their raves and rants.Recommend

  • kashmiri
    Sep 20, 2016 - 6:08PM

    Russia must not engaged with their all time enemy Pakistan gilgit is a deputed region of POK…more consequences will arrive if this not stop..Recommend

  • Nadeem orakzai
    Sep 20, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Just one question where is Mr 58inches Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Sep 20, 2016 - 6:21PM

    Please update your article post URI attack by Pakistani terrorists, the joint drill b/w Russia and Pakistan stands cancelled. Russia will not antagonize India, and jeopardize multi-billion deals with India for a penniless Pakistan.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Sep 20, 2016 - 11:16PM

    Wrong, Khalilullah! Russia has not only canceled the joint exercise but trashed your order for helicopters also immediately after the Uri atrocity. As of now, there is no reason for you to call Moscow.Recommend

  • Asim ali
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:22AM

    It is a start of Pakistani and his historical and new good friend Russia and in some comming years pak china and russia will the best 3 super powers of the world together due to reason of pak and chn are extremely good friends and nuclear powers and with addition russia they will become unbeateable due to geogrhaphic advantages and with the support Muslim and soviet states.Recommend

  • Asim ali
    Sep 21, 2016 - 3:25AM

    It is a start of Pakistani and his historical and new good friend Russia and in some comming years pak china and russia will the best 3 super powers of the world together due to reason of pak and chn are extremely good friends and nuclear powers and with addition russia they will become unbeateable due to geogrhaphic advantages and with the support Muslim and soviet states. INSHALLAH)Recommend

  • IndianMafia
    Sep 21, 2016 - 12:23PM

    @Asim ali: Good Morning Mr.Asim, Get up, It’s too late already !!!Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 21, 2016 - 2:51PM

    Russians need to remember what Pakistan had done to them in Afganistan. Recommend

  • G. Din
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:28PM

    @kashmiri:
    Even when the joint military exercise was on ( now it has been called off), Russia had assured India they will not be held in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Sep 21, 2016 - 5:35PM

    @Asim ali:
    Asim, my naive friend, lose those stars in your eyes. Russia has already backed off on all deals with Pakistan. China may be reconsidering CPEC because US Congress is about to declare Pakistan a terrorism-sponsoring state. That leaves the only SUPERPOWER, Pakistan, all by its lonesome self, of course supported by that all formidable OIC.Recommend

  • S.K
    Sep 21, 2016 - 9:34PM

    Let’s leave that to Russia. Only Pakistani ambassador has said that the exercise is still on. Once Moscow gives an official statement regarding this, things will automatically be clear enough about who is spreading lies and false propaganda. Recommend

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