India was not invited for the cultural event organised by Pakistan on Thursday under the aegis of an Shanghai Cooperation Organisation military drill in Russia, Army sources said. This year's Exercise TSENTR 2019 is being conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia from September 9 to 23.
Apart from host Russia, military contingents from China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan are participating in the drill. The Army sources said every day, one participating country organises a cultural event.
"Thursday was marked for Pakistan but it did not send any invitation to India," an Army official said. The Army official added that India organised its cultural event on September 12 and had even printed invitations for all participating countries but the Pakistani delegation had not arrived in Russia until then.
"In the ongoing Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) exercise in Russia, today was the Cultural Day programme of Pakistan. In violation of existing diplomatic norms and in contravention of SCO norms, Indian contingent was not invited by them," the Army said.