Rawalpindi, (Pakistan Point News – 23rd September, 2016) : A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived Pak for 1st ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (2 weeks) from 24 Sep to 10 Oct 2016. According to the ISPR, the two-week long military drills will begin on September 24 and continue till October 10. The military exercise ‘Friendship 2016’ will last for two weeks and approximately 200 military personnel from both sides will take part. The military exercise can be viewed a measure to increase bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia. Following the Uri attack in Indian Occupied Kashmir, several news outlets in India had said the military exercise had been called off. However, Russian diplomats and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Moscow Qazi Khalilullah confirmed that there had been no change and the military exercise would be held as per schedule.