Last June, Pakistan officially joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). As a new member of the SCO, what kind of role will Pakistan play and what are the views in the country on the future prospects of the organization? Before the 18th SCO Summit to be held on June 9-10 in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, Pakistani Ambassador to China shared his insight on these questions in an exclusive
An edited excerpt of the interview follows: interview with
Pakistan is also a culturally rich country. We have strong culture and common heritage links with SCO member states and can cooperate in the promotion of SCO culture in the region and the world at large.
The organization is home to approximately half of the world’s population. Pakistan’s membership in the SCO has provided it with a platform to interact more closely with Central Asian states and Russia. Of course, with China we have traditionally had an all-weather, strategic, cooperative partnership. Cooperating with this region will benefit Pakistan’s security, accelerate its economic growth, enhance its connectivity and promote its people-to-people ties with the region.