Reportedly, the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has developed a framework for Pakistan’s accession into the organization. The roadmap was worked out late last month (October 2015), and submitted to current Member-States for consideration. Currently, Pakistan, along with India, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia, holds an Observer Status within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The Dialogue Partners include Belarus, Turkey, and Sri Lanka. The current Member-States include Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. These states will decide the fate of Pakistan as to whether she will be granted the status of a Member-State or not. To help the goodwill, Pakistan in September offered her seaports to the Member-States for the purposes of enhancing trade and cooperation.
The decision to commence processing of Pakistan’s and India’s inclusion into the organization started in July this year, when SCO held a summit in Ufa, Russia. SCO is primarily a political, military and economic alliance and Pakistan’s inclusion in the organization could go a long way, especially to boost ties with other nations, especially Russia.
According to the press release by RATS the plan was discussed during a meeting of SCO’s national coordinators in Beijing last week. It further said,
The road map on granting full membership in the SCO to India and Pakistan has been developed in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Heads of SCO Member-States made on July 10, 2015 in Ufa.
Previously, it was expected that the roadmap on Pakistan’s inclusion to the SCO will be discussed in December this year however the matter is now being pursued expeditiously. Considering the current state of matters, it would appear that Pakistan will become a Member-State of SCO at the beginning of next year. It should help Pakistan nurture ties with Russia, and other members of the organization. Most importantly however, Pakistan’s inclusion along with India’s should serve as a concrete platform for the archrivals to discuss and resolve their longstanding differences.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.