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NEW DELHI, Mar. 10, 2023 (TBINN)

Supreme Court of India is to host the 18th meeting of Chief justices of Supreme courts of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (S.C.O.) member states in National Capital from today, March 10, 2023 to 12th of this month, with a view to developing judicial co-operation among them.

Though Pakistan is a member of the S.C.O., reliable sources said, no delegation from the neighbouring country will attend the meeting.

According to the apex court, Chief justices or Chairpersons of the Supreme courts of S.C.O. member states have been invited to attend the meeting. The meeting is likely to witness discussions on Smart Courts and the future of Judiciary; Facilitating Access to Justice; Institutional Challenges facing Judiciary: Delays, Infra-structure, Representation and Transparency, it said. the meeting will involve a joint interaction with Chief justices or Chairpersons or Judges from the member or observer states and representatives from S.C.O. secretariat and will conclude with the signing of a joint statement.

In the active and constantly expanding activities of Shanghai Co-operation Organization, the interaction of the highest judicial instances is becoming more and more popular, apex court said. It added thst the S.C.O. was created in 2001 on the basis of Shanghai Five formed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia and Tajikistan and its main goal is to strengthen mutual trust, friendship and good neighbourliness, encouraging effective co-operation in several areas among the member states.

The S C.O. members now include China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia constitute the S.C.O. observers while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia and Nepal are S C.O. dialogue partners.

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