Pakistan’s emerging regional politico-economic role in the SCO


  • Tehmina Aslam School of Integrated Social Sciences, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Ilsa Tariq Economics, Management and Social Sciences Program, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, United Kingdom.



South Asia, Pakistan, China, India, Russia, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO, Eurasia, multilateralism, regional cooperation


Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is presently a Eurasian politico-economic bloc having two South Asian members, Pakistan and India. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prospective role of Pakistan in the SCO with qualitative study based on interviews. On June 2017, Pakistan was granted permanent membership in the SCO during its 16th Heads of State Summit in Astana. By associating itself as a permanent member, summit allows Pakistan to contribute to regional development alongside other key regional players, Russia and China and India. The study gave four findings that how multilateralism was having a calming effect on a regional conflict, Pakistan embracing independence from isolation through Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline. Through CPEC, Pakistan was offering the SCO member countries an economic hallway. And how the Eurasian politico-economic ambitions to reach the warm waters of the Arabian Sea was perceived as hampering the Western economic interests, thereby offering a major impediment to Pakistan’s emerging role in the SCO. Moreover, SCO participation will help enhance Pakistan's worldwide socio-economic objectives. This study examines the socio-politico and economic aspirations of Pakistan and benefit due to ties with SCO member countries.


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How to Cite

Aslam, T., & Tariq, I. (2021). Pakistan’s emerging regional politico-economic role in the SCO. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences International Journal (LASSIJ), 5(2), 159–177.



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