SCO and Pakistan

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Pakistan has indisputably achieved a diplomatic achievement with the acquisition of full-fledged membership in the SCO in June 2017 at the 16th Heads of State Summit in Astana.SCO has the potential to change the politico-economic and strategic landscape of the world. A severe energy crisis is plaguing the countries of South Asia.  While having abundant resources for manufacturing gas and oil, its members also have an excellent chance to improve regional cooperation to overcome the energy crisis. The two mega projects, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) and Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipelines, would be extremely helpful for the region and will specifically meet Pakistan’s energy needs. Additionally, China is eager to make investments in the South Asian region. The clearest examples of this are the economic projects of China under BRI, CPEC and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor. These corridors will enhance the opportunity for regional integration by connecting and improving trade ties among member states.Pakistan aspires to receive a lot of support as a permanent member as it works to address its economic, security, and social problems. Pakistan sees itself as a more significant contributor to regional growth because it shares membership in the SCO with two other significant regional powers, Russia and China. Giving Pakistan and India permanent membership aided in regional integration and increased the organization’s effectiveness in the Central and South Asian areas. Now that both nations are full members, they may improve their political and economic cooperation and strengthen common policies with other member states. Moreover, full membership in the SCO has the potential to improve the image of Pakistan in the international arena.

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