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Pakistan, India to be SCO members this month

Pakistan and India will become members of the prestigious Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at the outset of its 16th summit where 10 heads of states are likely to turn up for attending it.

It will be held in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent.Diplomatic observers term the SCO as the ‘Nato’ of the East. China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan are the founder member of the organization that came into being as SCO 15 years ago in the Chinese commercial city Shanghai.

Uzbekistan became its member as a result of first expansion and since then no other country has been enrolled as a full member.The membership of Pakistan and India was approved in July last year and it would be granted in Tashkent summit. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has designated President Mamnoon Hussain to represent the country in the significant summit being held on 23rd of this month and that would continue for two days.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will accompany the president in the sojourn. India earlier indicated that it would be represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but New Delhi is changing its mind. India will announce leader of its delegation this week.

The SCO Council of Foreign Ministers has also approved the proposal about new entrants. The respective protocols were signed in Tashkent after consultations with the representatives of Pakistan and India last month.The SCO summit will be held in Tashkent on June 23-24.