In a first, Russian military delegation shown around North Waziristan

In a first, Russian military delegation shown around North Waziristan

SAM Staff,
Russian delegation visits North Waziristan Agency on Thursday. PHOTO: ISPR

In an unprecedented development, Pakistan Army on Thursday took a Russian military delegation headed by Deputy Chief of General Staff, Colonel General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich to North Waziristan Agency to give them firsthand account of the country’s anti-terror gains.

This was the first time any Russian military delegation was taken to the region once considered a hotbed of local and foreign militant outfits. The development suggests ever increasing ties between the two countries, which for years remained bitter cold-war rivals.

An Inter-Services Public Relations handout said the delegation was briefed about Pakistan Army’s efforts to clear FATA from terrorists of all hue and colour.

The delegation was also informed about the Pak-Afghan border management and socio-economic development projects in the area for enduring stability.

The delegation acknowledged and appreciated army’s achievements in fight against terrorism, and efforts to bring stability in the region.

Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt accompanied the delegation.

Relations between Pakistan and Russia have seen significant improvement over the past few years with both countries looking to bury their animosities of the cold war era.

Late last year, Russian military for the first time took part in joint war games with Pakistan in a yet another sign of their burgeoning defence and strategic cooperation.

The two countries also have convergence of views on the current unrest in Afghanistan. Despite being in opposite camps in the 1980s, both Islamabad and Moscow are now cooperating and working closely to find a political solution of the long-running conflict.