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SAARC: An Evaluation of its Achievements, Failures, and Compulsion for Cooperation
This study explains the concept of Association and
procedure of SAARC (South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation) cooperation in the South Asian region and
tries to find a solution as to why India and Pakistan are initially
unwilling to join the regional cooperation, and when and how
regional cooperation is possible. A qualitative research method is
used to evaluate the success and failure of SAARC. Basically, the
idea of SAARC is to promote peace, harmony and economic
growth through the cooperation of South Asian states, by sharing
the available resources and to build trust among parties and also
by facilitating collaboration and regular contact between political
leaders. The tensions between the two rivalries have caused great
damage to SAARC cooperation. The lingering Kashmir issue also
remained a great hurdle in the process of progress and
cooperation. Indian hegemonic design, mistrust and bad attitude
towards the smaller states of South Asia hamper all the efforts for
greater regional integration.
Assistant professor, Department of Political Science and IR, GC University Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
M. Phil Scholar, Department of Political Science, Minhaj University Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, GC Women University Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan.
SAARC, South Asia, Cooperation, Failure, Indian Hegemonic Design