Friday, 24 September 2021, 02:49:14 am
A new bloc in the region consisting of China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and central Asian states is emerging

Brig. (Retd.) Haris Nawaz (Defense Analyst): The upcoming summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization is very important in the context of prevailing developments in the region, especially the current situation in Afghanistan. The important regional stakeholders including Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China are concerned about how to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and to avert a humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. In my opinion, a new bloc in the region consisting of China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and central Asian states is emerging. The telephonic discussion of the Russian President with Prime Minister Imran Khan for at least two times in a month is a clear sign that Islamabad is an important partner and Russia is giving top priority to Pakistan in current developments. The United States always asked Pakistan to Do More whereas Islamabad always wanted bilateral relations on equal footings. The prime focus of the new bloc will be to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan because a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is vital for the region.