India, other SCO members, to participate in anti-terror meet in Pakistan
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India, other SCO members, to participate in anti-terror meet in Pakistan

Islamabad is expected to host legal experts of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states, including from India, from May 23-25, to discuss terrorist threats being faced by the region and ways and means to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation.

india Updated: May 22, 2018 23:50 IST
Jayanth Jacob & Imtiaz Ahmad
Jayanth Jacob & Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Islamabad
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman with her counterparts from other member states at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's defence ministers' meeting in Beijing recently.(PTI/File Photo)

India will send a delegation led by a joint secretary-level official to an anti-terrorism conference hosted by Pakistan under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), taking the view that it is a multilateral forum, people familiar with the development said.

The three-day meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) legal experts will kick off on Wednesday.

India’s participation in the first such SCO meeting hosted in Islamabad is being seen as significant given the recent tensions with Pakistan, but a person familiar with New Delhi’s position said it took the view that the event is multilateral. “The decision was taken to send a delegation led, most probably by a joint secretary level officer, as SCO is a multilateral forum.”

Both Pakistan and India became SCO members in June 2017.

The Pakistani foreign office said in a statement that it “is pleased to welcome delegations from SCO member states to Islamabad”.

However, the external affairs ministry didn’t make a formal response to that statement, which also said delegations from all SCO member states will attend the meeting.

Legal experts from the eight member states — China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan — and representatives of the SCO-RATS executive committee will participate in the meeting.

They will discuss terrorist threats facing the region and ways and means to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation between SCO member states, said the Pakistan foreign office statement.

It said Pakistan supports SCO’s efforts for regional cooperation in fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime, and “is ready to share its experiences in tackling the menace of terrorism through the SCO-RATS”.

First Published: May 22, 2018 21:23 IST