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There may be many strands to the latest crisis engulfing the Middle East, but there is only one conclusion for Pakistan: this country cannot afford to get embroiled in conflict in the Middle East.

 

Last week, the Pentagon’s annual report to the Congress forecast that China will build a military base in Pakistan in order to have in the subcontinent facilities akin to what Beijing is developing in Djibouti.

 
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With India obtaining membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), an important platform has opened up for New Delhi in an increasingly multipolar world.

 

What does Pakistan have in common with Saudi Arabia? Religion. Anything else?

 

Two years after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation formally began the process, India has finally joined as a full-fledged member.

 

That India’s relations with Pakistan and China have entered a difficult phase has also generated apprehensions in Delhi about the forum creating new pressures on Jammu and Kashmir. Having waited for the membership of the SCO for a decade and more, India wisely chose not to retreat into a defensive shell at the Astana summit.

 
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Originally, a security pact in which there have been some halting steps in recent times towards broader economic cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation could offer Pakistan some advantages in the years ahead — if Pakistan uses its membership effectively.

 
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  Afghan president Ashraf Ghani referred to Pakistan nine times in his 36-minute speech at the Kabul Process conference on June 6, a one-day meeting between the Afghan government and representatives of 27 countries and international organizations charged with restarting a peace process in this violence-torn country. 
 
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Wednesday’s shootings in Teheran are being linked to the United States’ solid backing of Iran’s regional adversaries.

 
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India and Pakistan will join as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at the Astana summit on June 8-9, 2017. Last year, both countries signed the 30-odd obligatory papers necessary to join the pan-Eurasian grouping.

 


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