As the two-week long Pak-Russian special joint military exercise DRUZHBA – V continued, the two countries’ special forces participated in drills and procedures for hostage rescue, cordon and search operations, heli-rappelling and sky diving on Sunday.
A video showing the special forces’ personnel partake in the exercises was shared by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General’s official Twitter account.
A contingent of the Russian Army arrived in Pakistan to participate in the joint training exercise on November 5.
The joint exercises are seen as another step in growing military-to-military cooperation, indicating a steady growth in the relationship between the two countries, whose ties had been marred by Cold War rivalry for decades.
Pak-Russia joint military exercises Druzhba (friendship) are held every year. The exercises started in 2016. These exercises include aspects of counter-terrorism and special operations.
In September this year, a contingent of the Pakistan armed forces participated in the opening ceremony of multinational military exercises titled ‘Kavkaz 2020’ in the Russian city of Astrakhan.
Pakistan had also participated in the similar series of exercises called ‘Tsentr 2019’, in Russia last year. The wargames were joined by troops from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and other countries.