Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain will lead the Pakistan delegation to the meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent on 23-24 June.
The 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 State Council 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.