"Today is a historic day for Pakistan, India and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. With immense pride and high expectations, Pakistan enters into this prestigious and important organization as a full member. On this occasion I thank the founding members of the SCO i.e. China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for their staunch support to Pakistan’s membership. We are grateful to the SCO Secretary General and his efficient team for their assistance in the membership process. I also convey my profound gratitude to President Nazarbayev and the people of Kazakhstan for hosting this important summit; and for extending warm hospitality": Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

Analyst on Telephone:

Syeda Abida Hussain (Former Ambassador)

It is a positive development that Pakistan has become the permanent member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The main objective of this forum is to promote trade among the member countries of this organization. Pakistan should take maximum advantage of this forum in order to strengthen its economy. It is a regional organization that will also be vital to control drug smuggling, terrorism, lawlessness and improve regional security.

B.A. Malik (Former Ambassador)

It is now up to Pakistan that how much advantage it can take from this organisation. This forum is focusing on economic development. The mutual tensions between India and Pakistan should have no impact on this organization. China and Russia can play a vital role in resolving all outstanding issues including the core issue of Indian Held Kashmir between India and Pakistan through dialogue. I would like to appreciate the proposal of the Chinese President on the need of a long term treaty of good neighborliness for the next five years.

Host: Umer Iftikhar

Co-host: Shahzad Anwar Farooqi

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