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    Nepal Snubs India: Nepal Army to Skip BIMSTEC Military Excercise

    Chandigarh, India: Following a political dispute, the Nepali army has decided not to take part in Bimaltek's first military exercise going to India. Media reports on Saturday said that the decision was made after the political dispute in the country was born to the involvement of Nepali army in the Bimestec countries' military exercises. Prime Minister's P. Sharma Oli told the National Defense Force that he did not participate in the exercise. After the Prime Minister's instructions, the Nepalese military leadership had to pull back its steps from the first military exercise of BIMSTEC, a regional group created on India's initiative. According to the news of 'Kathmandu Post', the verdict was made at a time when yesterday a Nepali Army troop was going to Pune.

    The military practice of BIMSTEC nations is scheduled to begin in Pune on Monday. After making strong criticism from different circles, including influential leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, the government took this decision. Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC) is a regional organization that includes India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal as member countries. All the seven member countries' armies had agreed to send their own squad of 30-30 members for six-day practice.

    This program was filled with controversy when no consensus was reached on a diplomatic or political level before deciding to participate in the exercise. The newspaper quoted Ouli's press adviser Kundan Aryal as saying, "The government instructed the Nepali army not to take part in the exercise." A senior military official said that he has not received any formal instruction, but the 30-member squad was stopped from leaving. He said that three Army officers who have already reached Pune in connection with the preparations for the practice will return soon.

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