Russian military delegation visits restive Waziristan in Pak

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Russian military delegation visits restive Waziristan in Pak

Islamabad, Mar 30 (PTI) A high-level Russian military delegation today for the first time visited former strongholds of militants in restive tribal region along the Afghan border to get firsthand account of Pakistan’s counter-terror gains.

The delegation visited Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency, and Wana in South Waziristan Agency, the army said.

“The delegation of the Russian army, the first ever to visit the conflict-stricken areas, was led by Deputy Chief of General Staff Col General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich,” it said.

Commander Peshawar Corps Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt accompanied the delegation which was briefed about Pakistan Army’s efforts to clear FATA from terrorists, it said.

“The delegation acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s achievements in the fight against terrorism and efforts to bring stability in the region,” army said.

It said the delegation was also briefed about the Pakistan-Afghanistan border management and socio-economic development projects in the area for enduring stability.

The military delegation’s visit came amid growing ties between Pakistan and Russia after decades of mistrust and animosity during the Cold War.

In September, Russia held its first-ever military exercises with Pakistan and has also started selling weapons to Islamabad.

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