Turkey-Pakistan joint military exercise begins
A three-week-long joint military exercise involving Turkish and Pakistani special forces began in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.
The opening ceremony of the exercise ATATURK-XI 2021 was held at the Pakistani military's Special Service headquarters in Tarbela, located in Khyber Pakhtunkwa province that borders neighboring Afghanistan, said a statement from the Pakistan Army.
Turkish Special Forces and troops of Pakistani military's elite Special Services Group are participating in the exercise.
The exercise includes, counter-terrorism, close quarter battle, cordon and search, rappelling, fire and move techniques, helicopter rappelling, compound clearance, hostage and rescue and free fall operations.
"The joint military exercise will further strengthen the bond of two brotherly nations and will help in adapting the emerging trends in military modernization and cooperation," the statement said.
Ankara and Islamabad have increased defense and military cooperation in recent years.