What kind of role does Pak­istan ex­pect the SCO to play in the fu­ture of re­gional se­cu­rity?

Beijing Review - - Sco Special -

It should be very clear that the SCO is not op­posed to any coun­try or or­ga­ni­za­tion. The SCO has achieved sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones in pro­mot­ing re­gional peace and se­cu­rity since its in­cep­tion in 2001. The re­gional anti-ter­ror­ist struc­ture of the SCO has played an im­por­tant part in im­prov­ing the over­all se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment of the re­gion. In the field of se­cu­rity, ter­ror­ism poses a se­ri­ous chal­lenge. Ter­ror­ism has mu­tated, both in form and in terms of the tools at the dis­posal of ter­ror­ists. We need to ad­dress both symp­toms and root causes of this se­cu­rity threat and fo­cus our ef­forts.

The Afghan con­tact group is an­other im­por­tant step to­ward im­prov­ing the peace and se­cu­rity of the re­gion. By help­ing Afghanistan in an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process, SCO mem­ber states are con­tribut­ing to the im­prove­ment of the over­all se­cu­rity en­vi­ron­ment.

The mech­a­nisms of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of De­fense and Sec­re­taries of Na­tional Se­cu­rity of SCO Mem­ber States

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