Pakistan to attend SCO counter-terror drills in India: Foreign Office
Pakistan will attend the counter-terrorism drills hosted by India under the ambit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in October, despite a chill in bilateral ties, a media report said on Saturday.
While Pakistani and Indian military contingents have taken part in counter-terrorism exercises together, this will be the first time that Pakistan will be attending such drills in India, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.
Pakistan will attend the international counter-terrorism exercise scheduled in October this year under SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS), the newspaper quoted Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Asim Iftikhar as saying on Friday at the weekly briefing.
"These exercises are scheduled to be held in India in Mahesar in October, and as Pakistan is a member, we will participate," he said.
"At what level, I think when we approach that, we will let you know,'' the FO spokesperson added.
India and Pakistan, under the banner of the SCO are part of the nine-member Beijing-based regional body.
The move is termed to be significant given the tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
India's decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy.
India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir "was, is and shall forever" remain an integral part of the country.
India has said it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility, and violence.
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