Pak., U.S. military exercises from Oct. 15

ISLAMABAD Oct. 5. Pakistan and the United States would begin joint military exercises from October 15, and the two-week exercises, in the region of Jhelum and Kharian, would mark the resumption of military collaboration between the two countries after a gap of almost five years.

The Pakistan English daily, Dawn in a front-page report quoting sources claimed that around 150 to 200 personnel from each side would participate in the exercises. The `company-level' exercises would follow the operational cycle of military coordination, planning, execution and de-briefing.

It is not clear if the exercises are the outcome of the deliberations of the Pakistan-United States Defence Group that met to explore ways to strengthen military cooperation between the countries.

The paper said the exercises were important as they signified the resumption of combined training between the two countries. The report said, according to defence experts, the objective of the exercises was to learn from each other and to see how well they had been able to incorporate the modern warfare technology.

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