- Nov 20, 2009
Pakistan to launch war games on eastern border
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's military will on Saturday launch war games allowing thousands of troops to road test new tactics near its eastern border with India, a military official said.
“The exercise is aimed at validating and refining newly evolved doctrines,” the head of the army's military training directorate, Muzammil Hussain, told foreign media in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, neighbouring Islamabad.
The “Azm-e-Nau-3” or New Resolve exercise will mobilise 20,000 troops in the beginning, rising to 40,000 to 50,000 towards the end, he said.
The exercises will involve all branches of the military, including the air force, and will focus on the possibility of “conventional war on the country's eastern border,” Hussain said.
“We cannot remain oblivious to what happens on our eastern borders,” Hussain told reporters.
“Pakistan desires peace and security both within and beyond,” he said, adding that maintaining peace and security is the army's “key strategic policy”. — AFP