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- In the intro, mention the video conference of the SAARC leaders amid the pandemic.
- In the body, mention the challenges facing the region such as unsettled territorial disputes, transborder subversive activities, ethnic cultural and religious tension, rise of ultra-nationalism etc. In the role SAARC could play mention that SAARC has developed a dense network of institutions, linkages, and mechanisms, in SAARC, had 1987 adopted a Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism and updated it in 2004, SAARC is also needed as institutional scaffolding to allow for the diplomacy and coordination that is needed between member-states.
- Conclude by mentioning the need for India and Pakistan to come together under SAARC for the development of the region.