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