ISLAMABAD - Keeping in view the damage caused by ongoing terrorist activities in the country, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has assured Pakistan of its full cooperation to boost up the economy and infrastructure. Secretary General Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Mr Bolat Nurgaliyev, who is on a visit to Pakistan, conveyed this to Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a meeting held at the Foreign Office today. Officials said Mr. Bolat Nurgaliyev has assured Shah Mahmood Qureshi of full cooperation of SCO by giving access to Pakistani goods to the markets of member countries of this organisation that will indeed have a positive impact on the countrys economy. It is pertinent to note that SCO comprises of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Pakistan joined the organisation as an observer in 2005. This is the first visit by the senior most SCO official to Pakistan since 2005. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is emerging as yet another player in a crowded web of diplomatic and military ties. For many in the region, particularly the smaller nations, this jockeying promises benefits of all sorts, whether measured in aid, security guarantees or energy investments. In the wake of the ongoing wave of terrorism in the country that has badly influenced the countrys economy, SCOs assurance of cooperation is not less than a cool breeze for the sick industries of Pakistan, many think. It is believed that both Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Secretary General SCO thoroughly discussed Afghanistan, security problems and the ongoing wave of terrorism in Pakistan. They agreed that the SCO should play an active and effective role in international affairs. Foreign Minister is said to have underscored the need for regional approach for overcoming the challenges facing the region. Acknowledging Pakistans strategic location and the important role it has been playing as a frontline state in the war against terrorism and damage caused to its economy, the Secretary General particularly announced to pave way for easy access of Pakistani goods to markets of SCO member countries. Pakistan was first denied entry into this important organisation as it applied for the status of 'Observer in the SCO in 2001 because of its Afghanistan policy. The post-9/11 developments and the new posture and role of Islamabad in the ongoing war against terror gradually changed the SCOs perception of Pakistan. At the time of Pakistans admission into the SCO as an observer during the Astana summit in July 2005, member states showed confidence in Islamabads ability to cooperate in expanding the SCOs opportunities in terms of developing multilateral and mutually beneficial collaborations in various directions. According to officials the visiting Secretary General SCO has given Pakistan a green signal to join this important organisation.