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SCO to decide on Pakistani membership in June


SCO to decide on Pakistani membership in June

Pakistan in a significant move has signed the pipeline deal with Iran, defying US pressure. It is working with Iran and Turkey on a Pan-Afghan solution in Kabul, and working towards full membership of the SCO. This is a huge event in Pakistani history, where Pakistan would be formally tied with the ECO members, China and Russia. It is like joining NATO or the Warsaw pack of the future. The SCO has turned down Iran’s application on the pretexts that the SCO cannot admit a country under international sanctions. The SCO has not turned down the Pakistani application and the SCO is expected to vote on it in the second week of June in Tashkent.

  • Pakistan keen to become full member of SCO: Masood Khan
  • On May 22 the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers approved the draft procedure for admitting new members into the SCO.
  • The process would be submitted for approval in the SCO Heads of States meeting scheduled to take place on June 10 – 11, 2010 in Tashkent.

Membership in the SCO places Pakistan firmly in the Central Asia club led by China and Russia. The SCO membership would set up additional ties with the former Soviet republics and open up new avenues of military and economic cooperation.

It would also counterbalance US pressure on Pakistan on various subjects. Drone bombings is a serious issue for most Pakistanis and constantly creates new waves of resentment among the populace.

BEIJING, May 28 : Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khan met Muratbek Imanaliev, Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday to underline Pakistan’s strong aspiration to become a full member of the SCO.SCO Secretary General Muratbek Imanaliev said as an observer of the SCO, Pakistan had been making consistent and substantial contribution to the work of the Organization.Talking to him Masood Khan observed that “because of geographical contiguity with SCO member states as well as strong desire to work for regional stability, security and economic prosperity, Pakistan fully qualifies to become a full member.”

“Pakistan is a natural ally and partner of SCO”, he added.

Ambassador Masood Khan said Pakistan fully supports SCO’s objective of strengthening security and stability in Central Asia and looks forward to deepening its cooperation with SCO member states in the areas of trade, investment, energy, transport, communications as well as science and technology.

On May 22 the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers approved the draft procedure for admitting new members into the SCO, which would be submitted for approval in the SCO Heads of States meeting scheduled to take place on June 10 – 11, 2010 in Tashkent.

It may be mentioned that right now Pakistan is an Observer of the SCO.

President Asif Ali Zardari attended the SCO summit held in Yekaterinburg in June last year and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani attended the SCO Heads of Government meeting held in Beijing in October 2009.
In addition to Pakistan, India and Iran also have observer status, whereas Afghanistan and Turkmenistan attend the SCO Conferences as guests. (APP)

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