Counter-terrorism teams from India and Pakistan and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will thrash out anti-terror measures under the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS). The RATS is a permanent body under the SCO based out of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It is aimed at promoting the cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism, and extremism.

It is expected that discussion will be on the security situation in Afghanistan as the Taliban has used violence and it is feared that it could become a terror launch pad and drug-smuggling hub, foreign media reported.

The chairmanship of SCO is by rotation for a year between member states. India is currently chairing the executive council.

Delegations from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries are participating in the meeting. Anti-terror teams from China, Pakistan, Russia, and other Asian countries are participating in the meeting from May 16 to 19.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with other dignitaries attend conclave of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in Dushanbe, Tajikistan | ANI

The meeting is scheduled to start in New Delhi on Monday (today).

Islamabad’s decision to send a three-member delegation to India assumes importance this time because this is the first such government delegation that will be visiting the country after a new government under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took over last month.

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