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Concerns over Afghanistan’s membership in SAARC arise

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 01, Sep 2021
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  • With uncertainty hanging over the international representation of Afghanistan under the Taliban and Taliban’s past of human rights violations and violent methods, there are concerns about granting it a seat at the world platform.
  • SAARC is scheduled to meet next in Islamabad
  • The responsibility of inviting the member countries lies with the host, which in this case is Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan was admitted into the SAARC as the eighth member in 2007 when the country was led by President Hamid Karzai.


  • The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and political organization of eight countries in South Asia.
  • It was established in Dec 8, 1985 when the Heads of State of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka formally adopted the charter.
  • Its secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • The SAARC maintains permanent diplomatic relations at the United Nations as an observer .

Brief History

  • The idea of co-operation among South Asian Countries was discussed in three conferences: The Asian Relations Conference held in New Delhi in April 1947, The Baguio Conference in the Philippines in May 1950 and The Colombo Powers Conference held in Sri Lanka in April 1954
  • After the USSR's intervention in Afghanistan, the efforts to establish the union was accelerated in 1979.