Pakistan PM to witness military drills at India border

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif will witness the exercise less than two weeks before he retires after completing his three-year term.

By: AP | Islamabad | Updated: November 16, 2016 8:45 am
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s powerful army chief left Wednesday for a strategically located secret area bordering India to witness a military exercise of ground and air power amid increasing tension with India over Kashmir. Planes, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons will be used during Wednesday’s exercise, which is aimed at checking preparedness of the army in reacting to any hostile situations, two officials said. The drills come three days after Indian fire in Kashmir killed seven Pakistani soldier.

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The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media, said Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif will witness the exercise less than two weeks before he retires after completing his three-year term. The government has not announced who will be the new army chief.

Tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals have increased in recent months after militant attacks on Indian military facilities in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. India has blamed Pakistan-based militants for the attacks, a charge Pakistan denies.

Despite pleas from the United Nations, the two sides have continued to exchange fire in the disputed Himalayan region. The violence has forced thousands of villagers on the Pakistani side to flee for safety.

India says it has been retaliating for Pakistani violations of a 2003 cease-fire. Two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since 1947 have been fought over their competing claims to Kashmir. Each has administered part of Kashmir since 1947.

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    Riaz
    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:26 am
    So You are civilized hnmmmm. You have been under Muslim rule for more than 1000 years, stan has been showing policy of peace otherwise we know 40% of Indian dont have toilet, You always fire behind in back. You are Big in Size do temerity touch us, Gai Mata, :)
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      Mohan
      Nov 16, 2016 at 8:44 am
      Mr. Muhammed, if you have the guts come for a direct war with India. Within 24 hours we will completely smash your country as usual. TALAK, TALAK, TALAK, ANOTHER MARRIAGE. TALAK, TALAK, TALAK, AGAIN ANOTHER MARRIAGE. BEGGING BOW.
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        Mohan
        Nov 16, 2016 at 4:38 am
        This is not the first time you are conducting such drills. Since 1947 you attempted, you have tried, your have entered into war and faced humiliating defeat in the hands of the Indian army. In future too. Therefore, there is no use in showing such useless drills. You conduct drill at your territory, to which, nobody is objecting. If your intention is to threaten India, then that is your biggest folly. You go and play infront of some other country, not infront of India as we have the capacity to thwart out any evil design that Pak intent to do against India. BEGGING BOWL.
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          sanjeev chhabra
          Nov 16, 2016 at 10:58 am
          Dear Shafiq, Please remember india is the one which has done 2 peices of stan . now be prepared for further disection.
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            Shiva
            Nov 16, 2016 at 6:31 am
            Looks like Riaz has studied in Pak school very promptly. stanis are the only citizens in the world who read wrong history. Keep up and be anti Hindu and anti India. Your all 4 generations are like you and nothing has changed except stan has become Terrorist Nation. Anyways, wish U a bad luck for the future.
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              siva
              Nov 16, 2016 at 10:21 am
              Riaz wait for some more months,stan wont be a single eny anymore,we will make it into 3 piece ,yaad rakhiyo yeh baat
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