JODHPUR - India kicked off war games involving thousands of troops on Monday along its border with Pakistan. A military spokesman told reporters the six-day exercise, codenamed Vijayee Bhava (Be Victorious) was being held in the Thar desert region in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
"This exercise envisages sustained massed mechanised manoeuvres," SD Goswami said, adding the drill involved an array of weaponry that India has acquired as part of its ongoing military modernisation programme. More than 20,000 combat troops were taking part.
India has given its verdict, denouncing Pakistan as a terrorist "sanctuary" and renewing calls for Islamabad to arrest suspects behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks.