Narendra Modi corners Pakistan on terror, tells China to respect mutual concerns

“We will have to make coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism“, he said while adding that it was impossible to reach a solution till everybody made concerted efforts to control on “radicalisation”, terrorist recruitment, training and financing issues.

Welcoming the entry of Pakistan as full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a “good development” some experts and analysts on Friday said it would help further strengthen Pakistan’s status in regional and worldwide context.

Speaking at the SCO Summit, Prime Minister Modi on Friday termed terrorism as the main encroacher of the human rights and values. He said besides connectivity, it is also important to ensure inclusivity and sustainability.

It is tempting to see India’s SCO membership as out of character, given India’s traditional hostility to Pakistan and Modi’s general inclination to balance against China rather than accommodate it.

Modi hailed India’s accession as a “landmark moment in the journey of the SCO” and pledged India would play a “constructive and active role” in the organisation.

It was the first meeting between the two leaders after India boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing last month in which 29 world leaders took part.

China and India should also boost trade and investment cooperation and work together for earlier harvest from large- scale cooperation projects in such areas as production capability, industrial parks and railway construction, Xi said.

He then congratulated India, which also became a full member of the SCO, Pakistan’s official APP news agency reported.

Asserting that the SCO expansion is taking place at an opportune time, Sharif said that Pakistan is diligently implementing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a flagship of BRI. Other members are: Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Both leaders agreed that India’s entry to the SCO as a full member today would promote closer cooperation within the body, including on one of the main priorities of the organization- fighting terrorism.

Putin said that Russian-Pakistani relations have been constructive and mutually beneficial, and that Pakistan is an important partner for Russia in South Asia.

According to rough estimates, the SCO members combined will comprise around half of the world’s population and produce a quarter of global GDP.

PM Nawaz Sharif along with his delegation is visiting Kazakhstan to attend meeting of the Heads of State Council of SCO.

The SCO is a security grouping increasingly seen as a counterweight to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Besides the two leaders discussed economic and defence issues, including the vexed subject of terrorism and how it can be effectively tackled.

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