Pakistan plays its ‘ASEAN’ card to counter terrorism

Meanwhile, he also tires a strip off India for its role in managing SAARC

NEW DELHI | Updated: 24 October, 2023 6:38 pm IST
Pakistan applies for BRICS membership.

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s Caretaker Foreign Minister, Jalil Abbas Jilani, inaugurated the ‘ASEAN Corner’ at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday.
The inauguration of the ‘ASEAN Corner’ and the subsequent roundtable discussion points to a growing commitment from Pakistan towards fostering closer ties with ASEAN states. Meanwhile, he also tires a strip off India for its role in managing SAARC.

Foreign Minister Jilani’s emphasised on an international order based on principles like peaceful coexistence and amicable dispute resolution resonates with India’s aspirations for a peaceful and cooperative regional environment. The mention of shared challenges such as climate change and terrorism underscores the common issues that all nations in the region must address collectively.

ALSO READ: Imran Khan’s ex-wife speaks out on Palestine; shares her painful connection

While the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has faced challenges due to regional politics, particularly with India, it is worth acknowledging the potential of such regional forums to promote cooperation and address shared concerns.

India agrees with the notion that geopolitical constructs should align with the unique geographical, historical, and cultural realities of the regions spanning the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Avoiding bloc politics and focusing on regional cooperation is in line with India’s commitment to regional stability and progress.

ALSO READ: CIK raids across Kashmir Valley expose Pakistan’s digital warfare on India

Moreover, India is closely monitoring the exploration of the potential of Regional Comprehensive Partnership (RCEP) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), considering its implications for regional connectivity and economic cooperation.

While India’s bilateral relations with Pakistan remain fragile, it is crucial to view Pakistan’s engagement with ASEAN through the lens of regional stability and cooperation. India supports efforts that contribute to peace, development, and mutual understanding in the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Also Read Story

Bibhav Kumar, Kejriwal’s aide, sent to 4-day custody in Maliwal case

World Schizophrenia Day 2024: Reasons and Treatment

Pune Porsche crash: Teen’s bail revoked, adult trial ordered

Delhi braces for intense 2024 Lok Sabha battle