Sushma Swaraj to raise terror issue at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet

PM said Pakistan supported and would complement the efforts of SCO-RATS in the fight against terror

The prime minister further said that harmonising laws and regulations for trade practices, movement of merchandise and custom rules will facilitate better trade among partners.

"We call upon SCO member states to use their leverage and contacts with armed Afghan militant groups to urge they enter into intra-Afghan talks", Tolo News quoted Abdullah as saying at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Russian Federation on Friday.

The meeting is mandated to focus on the strategy, prospects and priorities for SCO's developmental cooperation.

It is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting that Pakistan will attend after assumption of full membership of the organisation in June this year, Radio Pakistan reported.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that Pakistan would be happy to provide a succour to SCO's efforts towards building a stable and secure Afghanistan.




The SCO was founded at a Summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

He also said that foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua on Wednesday went to the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) hearing of 2008 Mumbai attack case and "informed the court that the decision of the court to convey the names of the Indian witnesses required for testifying in this case was being considered by the Interior Ministry".

Issues relating to regional security, including the situations in the Gulf and Afghanistan, are likely to be discussed at the two-day summit involving heads of state and government. "India became a full member of SCO on June 9, 2017".

EAM Swaraj will have bilateral meetings with several leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

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