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Indian Army contingent beats Pak counterpart in friendly volleyball match

An Indian Army contingent beat its Pakistani counterpart in the final of a friendly volleyball match organised today on the sidelines of a mega anti-terror drill being held in Russia.

An army officer said the team of 5 Rajput Regiment emerged winners among the eight participating nations, he said.

Militaries of India and Pakistan are part of a mega anti-terror drill being held in Russia's Chelyabinsk city which was organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Around 200 Army and Air Force personnel from India are participating in the exercise. Other SCO member countries include Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

It will be for the first time since Independence that India and Pakistan will both be part of a military exercise, though the armies of the two nations have worked together in UN peacekeeping missions.

India and Pakistan were admitted as observers of the grouping in 2005 and they were admitted as full members of the bloc last year.