Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari (L) poses with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2012. Security in Central Asia, including the situation in Afghanistan, is set to be the focus of talks at a meeting in Beijing of a regional group dominated by China and Russia.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / Mark RALSTON
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari (L) poses with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2012.          — Photo by AFP

BEIJING: President Asif Ali Zardari  said that the Afghanistan issue could not be resolved militarily alone and that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) needed to expand its role in the region, DawnNews reported.

Addressing the SCO summit on Thursday, Zardari said that regional peace cannot be established without establishing peace in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani president further said that a political and economic path should be paved for the establishment of peace in Afghanistan.

Zardari added that Pakistan was proud of its involvement with the SCO and that Pakistan could play a key role in order to promote regional trade and cooperation.

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