India to attend SCO meet on counter-terror in Pakistan

RSTV Bureau

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An Indian delegation will be attending an anti-terrorism conference being held in Pakistan on Wednesday, under the banner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Pakistan is hosting its first SCO meeting, since the country became a member of the organisation in June 2017.

During the three day meet, legal experts from the eight SCO member states will discuss the terror threat faced by the region as well as ways and means to enhance the counter-terror efforts.

Pakistan said it supports SCO’s efforts for regional cooperation in fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.

India’s presence at the meeting assumes significance since it had boycotted the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation summit held in Pakistan in 2016, due to the host country’s continued support for cross-border terrorism.

Meanwhile, Pakistan establishment said it supports SCO’s efforts for regional cooperation in fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.

“We are ready to share our experiences in tackling the menace of terrorism through the SCO-RATS,” according to FO.

The ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived after Pakistan-based terror groups carried out a series of attacks in India in 2016.

India responded to the attacks by carrying out a surgical strike inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in September 2016. The death sentence handed down to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan in April last year caused a further deterioration in ties.

India has been maintaining that it will not engage in talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross-border terrorism.

(With inputs from PTI)