The entry of India and Pakistan into China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) may help boost anti-terrorism cooperation between the two countries and provide a platform to resolve their differences, the official media said on Wednesday.
India and Pakistan are expected to be admitted into the six-member SCO during its next summit to be held at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in June this year.
“In a bid to become members of the SCO, India and Pakistan, which have a long-time rivalry concerning the issues of anti-terrorism and Kashmir, will need to sign a number of documents and pledge to perform in accordance with the SCO laws, including the SCO Member States Agreement on Border Defence Cooperation that was signed in 2015,” an article in the state-run Global Times said.
The entry of the two nations into the SCO may help boost cooperation between India and Pakistan in areas such as infrastructure and anti-terrorism efforts,” the article said.
Preventing a conflict, if needed
As per the framework of the SCO, a third party could step in to prevent an outbreak of conflict between the two countries, it said.
“Though New Delhi may try to seek fairly flexible multilateral agreements with the SCO countries, both India and Pakistan will have to adhere to the principle and basic framework under the SCO to strengthen security and anti-terrorism cooperation,” it said.
“The hostility between India and Pakistan is unlikely to be dispelled in a short time, but the SCO is likely to provide a fresh platform for the two nations to gradually resolve disputes,” it said.
“Additionally, a third party could step in to mediate the situation within the SCO framework to prevent an outbreak of conflicts between Pakistan and India,” it said.