ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari has called for full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to Pakistan to strengthen the countrys engagement with the body for promoting peace and development in the region. He said this while having a meeting with Bolat K Nurgaliyav, Secretary General Shanghai Cooperation Organisation who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. He said that in the wake of prevailing militancy, it is imperative that Pakistan be given full membership. He said that by making counter-terrorism its priority, the SCO has assumed a greater responsibility in enhancing regional security. and it would be greatly beneficial if the SCO member and observer states share intelligence and experiences on counter-terrorism. He said that Pakistan was keen to be associated with SCOs Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure based in Tashkent, adding that SCO with a combined GDP of US $ 4.5 trillion could play an important role in promoting regional trade and economic cooperation. He said that Pakistan was keen to engage with the financial and non-governmental sectors of SCO member states particularly in banking and business sectors and would like to participate in SCOs activities related to transport, energy, trade and development as well as cultural cooperation. Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Secretary General to the President Salman Faruqui and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir were also present during the meeting.