Former Cold War advisories Pakistan and Russia are set to hold their first ever joint military exercise.
- During the Cold War, Pakistan helped US funnel arms and fighters into Afghanistan to help insurgent groups fight Soviets.
- Cold War: Communist Soviet Union was closely aligned with Pakistan’s arch-enemy India, US with Pakistan.
- Pakistan’s top military spokesman, Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa: “Contingent of Russian ground forces” arrived in Pakistan for a two-week exercise beginning on Saturday.
- Pakistan’s Tribune Express newspaper: About 200 military personnel from both sides would be involved in the exercises.
- Pakistani media last year: Islamabad bought four Mi-35 attack helicopters from Russia in first ever military deal with Russia.
- Washington previously accused Islamabad of harboring Afghan Taliban fighters.
- Pakistan wary of US improved ties with India.
- Pakistan holds China as a steadfast “all-weather” ally.
- Chinese plan to invest $46 billion in a road and rail energy corridor linking western China with Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast.
(ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN) Former Cold War-era rivals Pakistan and Russia are due to hold their first ever military exercise this month, Pakistan’s military said on Friday, in another sign of shifting alliances in South Asia.