Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pakistan

Pakistan to take part in SCO anti-terror exercise hosted by India


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: SCO

Mains level: Not Much

Pakistan has been invited to the closing ceremony of the ongoing Joint Anti-Terror Exercise (JATE) within the ambit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) being hosted by India.

What is the news?

  • The National Security Guard (NSG) is hosting the multinational JATE “Manesar Anti-Terror 2022”, under the framework of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS).
  • Pakistan team would be participating in the event as a member of the SCO.

What is SCO RATS?

  • Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) is a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against the three evils of terrorism, separatism and extremism.
  • It is headquartered in Tashkent.
  • Its head is elected to three-year term.
  • Each member state of SCO sends permanent representative to RATS

About Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO)

  • The SCO, in which China plays an influential role, is also comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
  • India and Pakistan were admitted into the bloc in 2017.
  • It is Eurasian economic, political and security organisation headquartered in Beijing, China.
  • Its main objective is military cooperation between member states.
  • It is primarily centred on security-related concerns of Central Asian members with main threats being terrorism, separatism and extremism.
  • It was established in June 2001 as a successor of Shanghai Five mechanism which was established in 1996 with China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan as members.
  • Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia enjoy observer status of SCO.
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Nepal are dialogue partners of SCO.


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