Talking to Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says the upcoming SCO Summit will provide Pakistan with a forum to effectively implement the agenda of regional connectivity being pursued by the government. Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan looks forward to strengthening its bilateral and multilateral ties with all member countries of SCO. Pakistan has been an observer state of the SCO since 2005.  It was the first observer state to apply for full membership in the year 2010.

Analysts on Telephone:

Dr. Noor Fatima (IR Expert)

Pakistan is now emerging as a main competitor to India in the region. No doubt that the foreign policies of Pakistan are pro-active and going in the right direction. The importance of Pakistan could not be ignored as it is main stakeholder in China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. International organizations have also been appreciating the economic development in our country. It is a positive development that Pakistan is officially going to participate in SCO.

Shahid Amin (Former Ambassador)


Pakistan has established close relations with China and Russia and with the passing time these relations have been strengthening. Pakistan and India are now going to be full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. We must hope the forum of SCO will also be helpful in reducing the increasing tensions between India and Pakistan. China and Russia could play a vital role in this regard.

World Environment Day 2017: PM Nawaz Sharif says his country is mindful of environmental responsibilities and ensures industrial, infrastructural and associated developmental initiatives environment-friendly

In his message on the World Environment Day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says we have made environmental impact studies a mandatory part of all development projects, irrespective of their size. We have also recently launched the Green Pakistan Programme across the country in collaboration with provincial and regional governments, the civil society and our international development partners. This programme is a comprehensive intervention designed not just to preserve our environment, including woodlands and wildlife, but is also aimed at raising awareness amongst the masses on the crucial requirement for every Pakistani to contribute towards the national effort.

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