Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif returned Islamabad today, after concluding his two-day official visit to Kazakhstan.  During his stay in Astana, the Prime Minister participated in 17th meeting of the Heads of State Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the Pakistani stall at Expo-2017 in Astana. Pakistan has formally become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization during 17th meeting of the Heads of the State Council summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his inaugural speech during the 17th SCO summit welcomed Pakistan as full member of the organization. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with his delegation attended the meeting of the Heads of State Council of SCO. Pakistan has been an Observer with SCO since 2005 and applied for full membership of the organization in 2010. The decision, in principle, to give membership to Pakistan was taken by the SCO Heads of States meeting held in Ufa, Russia, in 2015. The Heads of State Council is the highest decision-making body of SCO which meets annually. Pakistan fully subscribes to the Charter of SCO and the Shanghai Spirit.

Host: Dr Shafiq-Ur-Rehman

Co-host: Hafiz Abdulmajid

Analysts Live on Phone:

Abida Hussain ( Former Ambassador)

Shanghai Cooperation Organization will open new vistas of development in the region. Its a happy news for both Pakistan and India by getting full membership of SCO. India should realise that without coming on table, solution of core issues between the both atomic powers are not possible. We are hoping for the best output between India and Pakistan in future. Pakistan got SCO's full membership because of its proactive role for peace in the region.

Dr Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert)

Pakistan becomes full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is a big achievement of the present government. China and Russia are playing important role in this cage and both the countries supported Pakistan in this regard because of its active role for lasting peace in the region. Russia, China and the other member countries should play role to reduce tension between India and Pakistan. Its the need of the hour that India should change its behaviour towards the neighbouring countries. Pakistan plays an important role especially for the bright future of Afghanistan.

Azhar Ahmad (IR Expert)

Shanghai Cooperation Organization will change the present scenario of the region. Russia and China are the key members of this organization and their support is imperative for the regional peace. SCO will rise as strong organization in front of this new millennium.

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