SAARC and Pakistan

The world has many examples of regional organizations making states to emerge as developed countries although they had long history of enmities, wars and a world war. One such example is of European Union. Similarly, head of Bangladesh proposed an idea for regional cooperation between the countries of South Asia. Initially Pakistan and India were two states that refused it because of their allegations and fears towards each other. Pakistan feared India’s hegemonic designs while India did not want to establish relations with Pakistan that had worked towards dividing their motherland. Later on the proposal was materialized after much collaboration among the states.

SAFTA, South Asian free trade area has been introduced to this regional organization which is working to extend the economic relation regarding free trade areas for specific products between these countries. This year Pakistan has been nominated to head SAARC CCI after fourteen years that is headed by all the seven member countries including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives in rotation for two years. The objective of chamber of commerce and industry CCI is based on increasing global linkages, providing services to private sectors, working closely with the governmental organizations and promoting economic cooperation in this region.

Despite the fact that India has uncomfortable relations with rest of south Asian states, based on India’s hegemonial designs, such as it has Tamil issue with Srilanka, harsh trade treaty with Nepal a land locked state, Ganga water problem with Bangladesh and so on, today it has made itself a stronger link between all. Similarly the fact that states in this region constitute most of the third world countries therefore the pace of economic development has been slow still these sates can contribute to make South Asia as a future‚Äôs growing economic bloc in the world. Not only that this region can emerge as a future global power because Pakistan and India are two countries possessing nuclear capabilities as well to defend the region security threats.

4 thoughts on “SAARC and Pakistan”

  1. saarc is only one platform for the south Asian states where they can
    negotiate and sort out there conflicts.but first it should be have equality
    for the states and there should not be one hegemonic state in it.
    then there is requirement of trust building (track I and Track II diplomacy.
    then the minor issues should be solved immediately.
    saarc can be modified and states which are the part of it can play important role in it
    Asean is a good example of it. mutual stand will sort out the differences

  2. No doubt, SAARC has miserably been failed to the demands of its charter. The daunting principle of “Not to discuss individual states issues on SAARC forum,rather the issues of common interests of all the member states” is a stumbling block in becoming SAARC an influential tool.
    Until and unless both the nuclear states do not make deliberations for the success of SAARC, it would not bring the desired results and shall face the same fate as League of Nations.
    So it is recommended that the member states should give special status for normalization of relations of rival India and Pakistan in order to make good use or this regional appratus.

  3. The problem with SAARC is that there is a lot of mistrust among the member countries. India, Pakista, Bangladesh…. none of them trust each other.

    That’s why SAARC has ended up as nothing more than a talking shop. Whereas other groupings like ASEAN etc are going great guns with FTAs between countries and moving towards borderless trade.

    We will forever be fighting over jehad, religion and Kashmir when millions of our citizens are crying out for basic needs like food, shelter and security.


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