Saying that SCO members aren’t allowed to bring their bilateral disputes into this multilateral framework
BEIJING: This year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit taking place in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek from June 13 to14 will certainly strengthen Eurasian unity.
It would present leaders of participating countries with the opportunity to synchronize their positions towards the most important issues affecting each of them.
Pakistan, which hosts the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and is the largest recipient of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) investment anywhere in the world by far, is also an SCO member and is very eager to advance its full-spectrum cooperation with the rest of the organization. This means that the SCO and BRI will naturally be integrated with the pace of this process picking up if peace finally comes to Afghanistan, according to a report of China Global Television Network (CGTN).
It would be to the benefit of Eurasian unity if India participated in BRI but the country has officially refused to do so. India’s approach to the Kashmir conflict has resulted in New Delhi regarding the disputed region as its own, hence its objections in spite of China’s repeated reassurances that BRI is an apolitical initiative that doesn’t interfere with the issue between those two.
SCO members aren’t allowed to bring their bilateral disputes into this multilateral framework so none of them will probably directly address the Kashmir conflict and India’s reluctance to join BRI, though it can’t be ruled out that they might unofficially discuss it in a bilateral capacity on the sidelines of the event.
Pakistani Prime Minister Khan has reached out to his Indian counterpart several times over the past year offering to discuss Kashmir and put their problems behind them in the interests of bringing sustainable development to the region, which is why it isn’t far-fetched to predict that he’ll make another attempt to do so at the upcoming summit. In any case and regardless of India’s reaction to this possible peace mediation effort, the upcoming SCO Summit will nevertheless strengthen Eurasian unity because of the international context in which it’s occurring and due to the shared interests that each of its members sincerely has in resolving the war in Afghanistan and countering the U.S.’ trade war, even if they have some slightly different views towards both of them.
There is hope that this forthcoming event will advance the multilateral integration among SCO states. Reducing tariffs, opening up their markets to one another, and encouraging investment in free trade zones would be a welcome start and put the SCO on the path to becoming a more robust economic organization. While India will probably resist China and Russia’s efforts to incorporate the bloc into the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), that won’t make much of a difference because this inevitable process will still informally continue with or without New Delhi’s approval.
Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf senior leader Asad Umer said that projects amounting to $ 27 billion under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have completed or near completion. Speaking in National Assembly, he said, “Total of 50 billion dollar projects were started in the country under CPEC out of which 27 billion dollars projects have been completed or near completion.” He said that only seven billion dollars Foreign Director Investment (FDI) arrived in the country during Pakistan Muslim League (N) tenure out of which 4 billion dollars FDI came under CPEC. He appreciated the Chinese government for providing loans on lower rate and said, “We are thankful to China for providing loans on lower rate”.
However, Asad Umer said that he never said that projects undertaken by the Pakistan Muslim League (N) under CPEC were transparent. He also disagreed with opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif that world’s cheapest power projects had been installed under CPEC. “If the projects are cheaper then why NEPRA was asking government to increase the tariff of the electricity to meet the expense of power generation,”he added. Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that he was thinking that Shahbaz Sharif would take credit for arrest of Asif Ali Zardari as cases against him were started by the PML-N government in 2015.
He said that the then interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan had disclosed about the fake accounts of Asif Ali Zardari while PTI had nothing to do with these cases. The minister said that the PML-N government was also involved in corruption in import of LNG. Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid said that Pakistan Railways had earned billions of rupees during last ten months. “We have earned billions of rupees during last 10 months without investing single penny which is big achievement” he added.— APP