India, Pak desperately attempt to prevent WW3 with joint military drills

Nirmala Sitharaman, the defence minister of India, stated New Delhi will be taking part in the exercises being held by Vladimir Putin towards the end of the summer, reports said.

She stated: “Our shared neighbourhood facing a range of issues such as cross-border terrorism, extremism, cybersecurity, and narcotics trafficking.

“These issues require solutions based on cooperative frameworks that involve all countries and stakeholders.

“India will participate strongly in SCO Peace Mission joint military exercises being held in Russia later this year.

“We believe the cooperation in SCO framework will help further strengthen India’s bilateral defence ties in the region.”

The drills will be organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a bloc of countries that includes Russia, China, India and Pakistan.

The operation has been called “Peace Mission 2018” and will focus on preventing terror attacks.

It is understood it will also involve dismantling terror networks.

The exercise will take place from the end of August to the beginning of September in Russia’s Ural Mountains.

India’s participation in such an operation comes during a time of incredible tensions with neighbours Pakistan and China.

New Delhi and Islamabad have not taken part in such an engagement together before – there have been four previous SCO military training drills.

Both India and Pakistan became full SCO members in June last year.

The operation to help all four nations rid their respective regions of terrorism comes amid fears ISIS is moving its terror network into Central Asia.India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, previously highlighted the threat of “global terrorism” and emphasised the importance of creating a “strong security architecture”.She commented: “There are a number of challenges that are being faced by the world today, foremost being the threat of global terrorism and the imminent need to build a strong security architecture to combat it.

“Terrorism is an enemy of the basic human rights: of life, peace and prosperity.”

Mr Sitharaman added: “Arguments of political convenience to provide an alibi for terrorist organisations that support terrorism through material support or otherwise are no longer tolerable.

“Indeed, as the world has realised, there are no good terrorists.”

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