Despite rhetoric on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s hugging Pakistan’s Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during Imran Khan’s oath ceremony, the armies of the two countries are writing history by participating in a massive anti-terror drill of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Russia and have been playing friendly volleyball matches. India won by 3-0.
Taking cue from the pleasantries recently exchanged between the two Prime Ministers: Imran Khan and Narendra Modi, armies of both the countries participated in friendly volleyball match organized on Sunday on the sidelines of their drill.
This is for the first time that armies of the two countries have been participating in a joint drill after 1947. However, the two armies have worked together in UN peacekeeping missions.
Indian Army contingent beat its Pakistani counterpart in the final of the match. An army officer said the team of 5 Rajput Regiment emerged winners among the eight participating nations.
The two countries were appreciated by the armies of their traditional allies. While the Russians were seen cheering for India, the Chinese supported the Pakistani army during the match.
Earlier, it was India in Russia’s corner and Pakistan in China’s as the two nations faced off in a friendly match which the Russians won.
The match, held under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Peace Mission Exercise, was conducted by the Central Military Commission of Russia.
The SCO anti-terror drill is being held in Chelyabinsk region in Russia from August 22 to August 29. The exercise is aimed at expanding cooperation among the member countries to deal with the growing menace of terrorism.
There are around 200 Army and Air Force personnel from India participating in the rare exercise. Other SCO member countries include Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India and Pakistan were admitted as observers of SCO in 2005 and both were admitted as full members last year.
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