India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia are expected to be granted full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at its next summit, Pakistan’s former secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Akram Zaki, said last Wednesday.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military bloc dominated by Russia and China. It presently includes those two nations as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The admission of India and the three other countries would greatly extend the SCO’s geographic reach, and boost the population it represents to just over 3 billion. Continue reading