Pakistan urges greater cooperation among SCO states to combat terrorism

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at the opening ceremony of the 13th Conference of the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Member States in Beijing. (Photo by Press Information Department)
Updated 26 May 2018
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Pakistan urges greater cooperation among SCO states to combat terrorism

  • Many modern crimes such as terrorism do not respect territorial borders.
  • Judiciary of the member states needs to play its part to combat security-related threats.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar stressed the need for greater cooperation among member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to combat problems such as terrorism and extremism in the region.

According to a statement available with Arab News, Nisar while addressing the opening ceremony of the Conference of the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the SCO’s member states in Beijing, on Friday said: “We are all gathered here to find ways to ensure greater cooperation between member states to combat problems such as terrorism and extremism and the ilk which threaten the security of the member states.”

He added: “Many modern crimes such as terrorism do not respect territorial borders. In order to combat these menaces we need to forge strong bonds at all levels with other member states so that we leave no space for the offenders.”

“The judiciary of the member states needs to play its part in building a strong framework in which these threats to our security can be combated.”

Pakistan has recently joined the SCO and authorities in Islamabad say the country is keen to play a productive role as a member.

This week Pakistan hosted the first ever Legal Experts Group Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) in Islamabad since becoming a member in June 2017.

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

“Member states discussed various proposals for enhancing regional cooperation in countering terrorism and extremism. The legal experts also discussed administrative and organizational matters,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on late Friday.

“The hosting of the meeting in Islamabad demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment as a full member of the SCO to the idea and working of the organization,” the statement added.


China’s Xi arrives in North Korea for talks with Kim Jong Un

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China’s Xi arrives in North Korea for talks with Kim Jong Un

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived Thursday morning for a two-day state visit to North Korea, where he’s expected to talk with leader Kim Jong Un about the stalled negotiations with Washington over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that Xi was accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, and several Communist Party officials. He is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years.
The summit comes as both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over his nuclear weapons.
A Xinhua commentary said China could play a unique and constructive role in breaking the cycle of mistrust between North Korea and the US so they can work out a roadmap to achieve denuclearization.
The US is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons development before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach in which a step toward its denuclearization would be matched by a concession from the US, notably a relaxation of economic sanctions.
China backs what it calls a “suspension for suspension” proposal. The Xinhua said both sides “need to have reasonable expectations and refrain from imposing unilateral and unrealistic demands.”
Experts say Xi will likely endorse North Korea’s calls for an incremental disarmament process.
Chinese and North Korea media have said Xi would stay in Pyongyang for two days. His meeting with Kim would their fifth summit since Kim entered nuclear diplomacy with the United States and South Korea early last year.
In an essay published in both countries’ official media before his trip, Xi praised North Korea for moving in the “right direction” by politically resolving issues on the peninsula. He did not mention Kim’s nuclear diplomacy with the US in the article, much of which focused on lauding the neighbors’ seven-decade relationship. Xi said his visit will “strengthen strategic communication and exchange” between the traditional, though sometimes strained, allies.
The nations fought together in the 1950-53 Korean War against the United States, South Korea and their allies, but there has been friction in recent years, especially over the North’s relentless push for nuclear weapons.