Counter-terror drill planned in Russia
What has happened?
In a first, arch rivals India and Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September, which will also be joined by China and several other countries.
Under SCO Framework
- The military exercise will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a China-dominated security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO.
- The military drill would be held in the Ural Mountains of Russia, and almost all SCO member countries will be part of it.
Mission of the exercise
Will be to enhance counter-terror cooperation among the eight member countries.
It will be for the first time since Independence that India and Pakistan will be part of a military exercise, though the armies of the two nations have worked together in U.N. peacekeeping missions