ISLAMABAD:President Mamnoon Hussain will lead the Pakistan delegation to the meeting of the Heads of States Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent on 23-24 June 2016.
SCO is an important organization founded in Shanghai in 2001. Its member- states include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO Heads of States Council (HSC) is the highest decision-making body of the Organization.
Pakistan was invited to start the process of becoming full SCO member at the Heads of State Council meeting held in Ufa, Russia in July 2015.
Pakistan is expected to sign the Memorandum of Obligations at Tashkent which will be major step towards becoming a full member of the SCO. Prior to that, as an Observer State of the SCO, Pakistan has been making substantive contribution to regional peace, security and development.
The SCO comprises six Member States, five Observers and three Dialogue Partners. Established in June 2001, Pakistan became an Observer in SCO in 2005 and was the first country to apply for full membership in 2010. The SCO aims at strengthening friendly relations amongst states, maintenance of peace, stability and security in the region, building a new, just and rational international political and economic order, joint efforts in combating terrorism, extremism, separatism and the menace of narcotic substances.
The President will also hold important bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.