Accession of India, Pakistan carries historic significance: SCO

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said Pakistan, as full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), would strive further to achieve the collective objectives of the organization for regional cooperation, connectivity and economic prosperity.

"It is impossible to find a solution until all SCO members make concerted and coordinated efforts to fight the menace of terrorism, including radicalization, recruitment, training and financing of terrorists", PM Modi said at the summit which was also attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "India and Pakistan are now members of the SCO".

PM Modi also asserted the need for smooth connectivity in the region and suggested an enhancement to better support the trades and investments. Calling it one of the biggest violators of human rights and values, he said that the coordination between SCO countries is an important part of the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Congratulating again on the success of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the Russian president said the Belt and Road Initiative has won extensive support in the international community.

The news of their murders was made public ahead of the SCO summit held on June 8-9 in which India and Pakistan were admitted as members.

In the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister & Chinese President Xi Jinping among others, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in such a grouping sovereignty & territorial integrity are the key factors for better cooperation. SCO has Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as members.

Mr. Modi also held an important bilateral meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistanand condemned the recent spate of bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul. Noteworthy, India had boycotted the summit in Beijing last month. India, one of the largest energy consuming countries in the world, is also likely to get greater access to major gas and oil exploration projects in Central Asia as numerous SCO countries have huge reserves of oil and natural gas.

Diplomatic sources said it is highly unusual for the Chinese and Pakistani leaders to not meet at a summit, especially when a China-India bilateral meet takes place given Pakistan's usual sensitivities.

  • Rogelio Becker