It is rightly said that Pakistan provides the natural link between the SCO states to connect the EURASIAN HEARTLAND with the ARABIAN SEA & SOUTH ASIA. Pakistan is the vital lynchpin that connects South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and Western China. It provides the shortest access to the warm waters of the Arabian Sea for Central Asia as well as Western China. The enhancing connectivity is absolutely vital if SCO is to push forward a trans-regional development agenda.
Pakistan has an observer status in SCO along with India and Iran, and is seeking full membership in the organization.
CENTRAL ASIAN STATES
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are the founders of this organization named SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION (SCO) on June 15, 2001.
A geographical bloc of Pakistan with the former Soviet republics, along with China and Russia will transform Central Asia and give them access to the Arabian Sea–and the waters of the ocean. If Russia plays its cards right the Greats dream of reaching the warm waters will finally come true under the Zardari watch.
REASONS BEHIND THE SEEK OF S.C.O’s MEMBERSHIP
* Pakistan’s geographical location and plans to develop trans-regional connections are in-step with SCO’s efforts to create trans-continental overland connectivity.
* Pakistan would be happy to provide trade and transit corridors through its highways and ports to connect Central Asia with South Asia.
* Pakistan also provides a natural link between the SCO states to connect the Eurasian heartland with the Arabian Sea which is rich in petroleum and Natural Gas.
* To improve connectivity within, Pakistan is building a North South Trade and Energy Corridor. This corridor of Roads, Railways and Energy pipelines along with manufacturing bases will not only be an instrument for Pakistans development; it will also linkup other...