Pakistan, India become permanent SCO members

Published: July 10, 2015
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PHOTO: PID

PHOTO: PID

PHOTO: PID

Pakistan and India have reportedly become permanent members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a group dominated by Russia and China and also including former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

Membership in the group potentially offers Pakistan and India greater access to the energy resources of Central Asia.

Read: Pakistan set to join SCO security bloc

Putin opened the annual summit on Friday by announcing the acceptance of India and Pakistan as members. He said Belarus would obtain observer status, joining Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia, the Associated Press reported.

Russian President Valdmir Putin and PM Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: PID

The Russian president called for greater cooperation in fighting drug trafficking from Afghanistan and the financing of terrorism.

Earlier on Thursday, the Russian president had assured the Indian premier India’s accession into the SCO.

“We are beginning the process of full-fledged inclusion of India into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,” Putin told Modi during talks in the Russian city of Ufa.

Read: India to become permanent SCO member, Putin tells Modi

The SCO groups China, Russia and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are observers.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping had earlier told a news briefing that “…India and Pakistan’s admission to the SCO will play an important role in the SCO’s development and it will play a constructive role in pushing for the improvement of their bilateral relations.”

Chinese President welcomes SCO expansion

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday welcomed the planned expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and called on member states to uphold the “Shanghai Spirit” for common development, Xinhua reported.

While addressing the summit, he said China believed that admission of new forces into the SCO will inject new impetus into the organisation’s all-ranging cooperation.

The Chinese President also urged SCO member states to expand people-to-people exchanges, saying that China will invite 200 young people from the SCO member states every year to participate in a youth exchange camp program, which will be held in China from 2016 to 2021.

Separately, during his meeting with President Xi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanked him for the support China had extended to Pakistan to become a member of SCO.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Satender Chaudhry
    Jul 10, 2015 - 5:58PM

    its great to see asia uniting. Recommend

  • Point
    Jul 10, 2015 - 6:15PM

    So why was this news website talking in so high about India to become permanent SCO member when Pakistan has equally the same chances of selection. Its time to check your assets too and see where all the money of EM Group comes from. Recommend

  • Jul 10, 2015 - 6:45PM

    The inclusion of both Pakistan and India will definitely play a vital role in the normalization of tensions between both countries. It’s a great step in the right direction. Now our leaders need to start thinking about the people of this country and make better use of this opportunity rather than using it as a bargaining chip in Pakistan’s relations with US. Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 10, 2015 - 7:16PM

    Another benchmark and again during pmln tenure.What do you say,the army of inqilabis?.
    Hasan Nisar ,Ayaz Amir how do you feel?.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 10, 2015 - 8:44PM

    PM Modi dress style is the best among all in above pics,full Swedishi.Despite being the 2nd biggest economy among all BRICS and SCO member except China PM Modi’s simple dress style is very impressive.Recommend

  • Umair
    Jul 10, 2015 - 9:34PM

    i dream of the day when we could travel whole Asia by road without any visa restrictions.Recommend

  • Kam
    Jul 10, 2015 - 10:38PM

    SCO is an eastern block sooner or later will be in collision course with NATO. Pakistanis and Indians must realise that they have to put their differences behind for this block not only that now they have made a choice and cant play on laps of west and east at same time. Welcome to new cold war.(one can only hope that it remains cold)Recommend

  • qasw
    Jul 10, 2015 - 10:49PM

    Musharraf laid the sapling of this if people are well aware of history. Credit goes to General Musharraf. I pray his party succeeds and he comes into power againRecommend

  • FashionStatement!
    Jul 10, 2015 - 11:27PM

    @Vectra:
    You are a fashion designer! You can Please yourself. But you can’t impose your opinion on other. It’s OK, even if he free to wear colorful hats with feathers. Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Jul 10, 2015 - 11:30PM

    @Umair:
    Ameen brother. Imagine a trans Asian rail like euro rail. And people making asia trip like they do Euro trip. Single visa to permit any country in Asia. If Europe can do it, why cant we ?Recommend

  • Maxx.
    Jul 11, 2015 - 2:35AM

    @Vectra: Brazil GDP is 2.246 trillion USD, bigger than India with a population of 200 million. Russian GDP is 2.097 trillion USD, with a population of 150 million, ahead of India…World Bank data. Just type GDP of “country name”.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jul 11, 2015 - 6:20AM

    We appreciated Chinese and Russian efforts to became a member hopefully better futureRecommend

  • TruthSeeker
    Jul 11, 2015 - 6:54AM

    SCO has been forever diminished with Pakistan’s entry. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 11, 2015 - 9:03AM

    @FashionStatement!:
    Dont try to put your word in my mouth,I gave my opinion and it is for others to either accept or rejects it.I didnt asked anybody to accept my opinion,they are free to have their own opinion.so where is the question arise of imposing my opinion on others.Seems you got too hurt.Look at Nawaz Sharif suit,a poor nation pakistan but a PM with wealthy nation suit.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 11, 2015 - 9:06AM

    @Maxx.:
    Check your facts,Brazil was 7th 2 years back not in 2014-2015 period, after low growth Brazil slipped back and overtaken by India at 7th.As for Russia they are now 1.8 trillion and at 15th position due to sanctions and importantly low oil prices.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 11, 2015 - 9:19AM

    Despite India being in SCO,India’s most important no 1 priority is still ties with US and Japan along with Russia.Make no mistake that India in SCO means it will go against US and west.India has much more bigger engagement with them than that with SCO members.India will still remain Non Aligned,but yet pakistan may take sides.This or next year Japan will be joining India-US in Malabar exercise despite China’s objection.Soon it will also involve Australia.With already present Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) Forum (India,US,Japan,Australia),this forum may soon attract other members in ASEAN and if that happens it will be much bigger than the SCO in strength.So what i want to say is never underestimate the US and west and India of course and forget about pitting one against other.Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Jul 11, 2015 - 9:52AM

    @Maxx: Where does GDP figure in here? When you google GDP check its rise for both India and Pakistan from 1970 onward.Recommend

  • kaamAdmi
    Jul 11, 2015 - 11:19PM

    India failed to block the entry of Pakistan so they are trying to sing a song of Asian unityRecommend

  • PetShop
    Jul 12, 2015 - 1:20AM

    @Vectra:
    Ok ok! You will get your funding for Blaring! If guys are so into counting and numbers, start counting 800million poor? Remember! You just came on World Stage yesterday & started jumping with joy! We have Been There, Done That. Be my guest! Go ahead… make friends with the Rich & Powerful, they need to sell you the Arms, Nuclear Tech, Phone & Cable Service. GE railway engines, Metro trains, Airplanes, Subs, jets etc. Start digging out the temples to pay them. Your idea of poverty solution is $50m French Jets? You do the math. BTW; Pak Suite fabric is World Choice #1. PM Nawaz Shareef wearing what the best! Also, BRICS & SCO are not out of the water yet. Lot of hurdles remains. India only bought its way in, remember $50m deposit? Also from the gigantic poor share.Recommend

  • Sami
    Jul 12, 2015 - 3:44AM

    Why India was included? Isn’t India part of US camp? It’s time now for Russia to ditch India it’s not 1950 anymore. China Pakistan and Russia share the same interests in 2015. US and India share the same interests. Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Jul 12, 2015 - 7:09AM

    @TruthSeeker: A lot will be expected from Pakistan which Pakistan will find hard to resist. It will start with trade and logically move to connected topics of routes, terrorism and security.Recommend

  • observer
    Jul 12, 2015 - 8:47AM

    In the first photo above,I am sure Nawaz Sharif must be unhappy that he had been relegated to the back row while Modi was accorded the prominent front row standing next to Putin and Xi. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 12, 2015 - 8:48AM

    @kaamAdmi:
    India is not seeking Asian unity but rather it is pakistan who is seeking asian unity constantly singing higher than sweeter than and deeper than song but as per pakistan that asian unity is a different kind of asian unity that includes only pakistan,Russia,China and Iran only.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 12, 2015 - 9:10AM

    @PetShop:
    Tell the person who is in blackout,well talk on data and do valid and genuine arguments.If you have counter points then i will be happy to respond.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 12, 2015 - 9:19AM

    @Sami: Russia cannot ditch India an will never do it,doing so it will loose the closest powerful support and the only close ally who is in G20 who whole hardheartedly supports Russia in any case.Doing so will reduce the bargaining power of Russia vis-a-vis China and Russia will be forced to play as junior partner of China which Russia will never want.Remember though Russia came closer to China due to western sanctions but still there are fears in Kremlin about China’s influence in Russia’s core backyard that is Central Asia.Russia needs India to keep China in check and balance China just like the western nation needs India.But India has independent foreign policy which unfortunately coincides with the western and Russian interest because of Chinese belligerence.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 12, 2015 - 10:50AM

    @Sami: Russia cannot ditch India and will never do it,doing so it will loose the closest powerful support and the only close ally who is in G20 who whole hardheartedly supports Russia in any case.Doing so will reduce the bargaining power of Russia vis-a-vis China and Russia will be forced to play as junior partner of China which Russia will never want.Remember though Russia came closer to China due to western sanctions but still there are fears in Kremlin about China’s influence in Russia’s core backyard that is Central Asia.Russia needs India to keep China in check and balance China just like the western nation needs India.But India has independent foreign policy which unfortunately coincides with the western and Russian interest because of Chinese belligerence.Recommend

  • Me 1st!
    Jul 12, 2015 - 12:53PM

    @observer:
    Actually, it’s the opposite. Highly insecure and less experienced member in a group photos are usually put on the front. You mean all those guys standing with PM Nawaz are any less than the ones who are standing in front. World knows you guys have such low self-esteem that you need perpetual greasing. I see your advisers go out of the way to make sure world and domestic media don’t hurt Indians’ “feelings”.Recommend

  • Kam
    Jul 12, 2015 - 5:15PM

    @ Vectra

    So basically India has joined the group but it is not committed and possibly wont make SCO any effective. Question is why India joined this group anyway when it has serious issues with China and Pakistan? Russia donnot need India to keep a check on China, otherwise there wont be any need for SCO if Russians wanted to play such games. Russians and Chinese tried to keep India away from west and blackmailed India that if India goes away then the Pakistan will be nearer. CPEC and improving Russian-Pakistan relations are examples. When India protested on relations with Pakistan and Chinese veto on Lakhvi at UN. SCO membership was given in plate means to make us hear you need to join us. India obsessed with Pakistan joined in haste, but if it kept leaping towards US then will be shown the door.Recommend

  • Mr Advocate
    Jul 12, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @Vectra:
    I think victra here u r confused…. In one line u described India’s importancefor both China and Russia….. As said that Russia need india to keep check nd balanceon chins and at the same time china needs India…..this is a confusing statement…. Remember each and every state has some interests,similarly qualities and at the same time drawbacks….. Though India has abig market with strong GDP but what will be its contribution in SCO is yet to be seen.whether she will focus elimination of terrorism or will covertly keepits support in Pakistan…as evident from ur PM statementRecommend

  • observer
    Jul 13, 2015 - 3:27AM

    @Me 1st!:

    I smell sour grapes!

    If what you say is true, why aren’t Xi and Putin not made to stand in the rear?

    Symbolism in photo ops is very important in such meetings of foreign dignitaries. I would bet that the place assignment for this photo ops was carefully calibrated.Recommend

  • Can't Tell!
    Jul 13, 2015 - 3:54AM

    @Me 1st!:
    @Kam:
    @Mr Advocate:
    I believe the Indian Research Analysis Wing is spinning out of bound after getting the $50m extra donations to break Pak Legs. I am sure sooner than later this poor-infested gold-rich state going to catch the net its casting, by its own feet and fall on face. I know the solution but can’t tell, sorry! I’m not on their payroll, like few commentators are.Recommend

  • hanafi
    Jul 13, 2015 - 9:41AM

    I think nato member soon applied to be sco memberRecommend

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