The Indian Army has not yet received any proposal to participate in a multinational exercise planned to be held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Pakistan later this year. “We have not yet received any proposal for participation in the SCO exercise to be held in Pakistan,” Indian Army sources told ANI.
In the last few days, there has been speculation about whether the Indian Army will participate in the exercise “Pabbi-Anti-Terror-2021” or not. The exercise is planned to be held in September-October this year in Pabbi, Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistan media reports on Friday suggested that the Pakistani side has not yet decided on whether it would send an invite to India or not. Pakistani news site The Dawn quoted anonymous military officials to say that “no decision has been made to invite Indian troops”.
Pakistan, China, and India have been taking part in multinational exercises in the past as well but last year, India did not send troops for the SCO exercise where both China and Pakistan were present.
WHAT IS SCO ?
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai (China) by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was preceded by the Shanghai Five mechanism.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter was signed during the St.Petersburg SCO Heads of State meeting in June 2002, and entered into force on 19 September 2003. This is the fundamental statutory document which outlines the organisation’s goals and principles, as well as its structure and core activities.
The historical meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was held on 8-9 June 2017 in Astana. On the meeting the status of a full member of the Organization was granted to the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.