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  • Pakistan and Russia carried out mountain training exercise in Pakistan in 2016.

    Pakistan and Russia carried out mountain training exercise in Pakistan in 2016. | Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation FILE

RIA Novosti reported that military personnel from Pakistan arrived in Karachay-Cherkessia to participation in the joint Russian-Pakistani exercises.

The Pakistani and Russian militaries will carry out "Friendship-2017" joint exercises, the chief of the press service of Southern Military District colonel Vadim Astafyev said.

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A combined 200 soldiers – from Pakistan, and Russia's Southern Military District motorized rifle brigade – are scheduled to participate. The exercises are expected to run from September 22 to October 4.

On Saturday, RIA Novosti reported that military personnel from Pakistan had arrived in Karachay-Cherkessia to participate in the joint Russian-Pakistani exercises.

"Over 200 servicemen in total will take place in the Friendship-2017 Russian-Pakistani military exercise, including over 70 mountaineers from Pakistan and over 100 servicemen of the mountain infantry division of the Southern Military District, stationed in the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia," the official said.

Russian and Pakistani servicemen conducted their first joint military exercises last year in Pakistan, in which more than 40 soldiers from both countries participated in mountain training exercises.

A section of Nangar Parbat in Pakistan. Photo: Reuters FILE

The National Mountaineering and Climbing Federation of Pakistan has trained Armed Forces officers since 1977. Additionally, the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) serves as a consultant to the country's governmental and non-governmental organizations on mountaineering matters.

The ACP is currently partnering with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and other agencies programs to preserve the endangered mountainous areas of Pakistan.

Pakistan has about 720 peaks above 6,000 meters – including 162 peaks above 7,000 meters and five above 8,000 meters – according to the Pakistan Sports Board.

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