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Pakistan, Russia conduct joint military exercise

In what is being seen as a sign of changing geo-political equations, Russia and Pakistan today started their joint military exercise. The joint military exercise involving Russian and Pakistani forces is being conducted in Minralney Vody, Russia. The military exercise will be spread over a two-week period and it will focus on counter-terrorism operations. It will also involve practicing various maneuvers such as hostage and rescue, cordon and search operation. The aim of the military exercise is to enhance defense ties between the two countries. The joint military exercise precedes Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit to Moscow next month. The opening ceremony of the joint military exercise was attended by senior military officials of both countries.

Experts said that Pakistan’s leaning to Russia and China is inevitable since the United States is getting increasingly annoyed with Pakistan. Already, the US has cut funding to Pakistan and accused the country of promoting terrorism. By partnering with Russia and China, Pakistan hopes to get financial funding as well as technology and military support. Russia and China also stand to gain since they can sell various types of military hardware to Pakistan. China has also plans to use Pakistan as a mega market to push its various products. Already, Chinese businessmen are investing in the most lucrative deals in Pakistan and buying properties and assets.

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