ASTANA (Agencies) Telling the SCO nations that Pakistan is committed to defeating enemies of peace and has made great sacrifices in the fight against elements posing common threats to the region, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that his country expects to receive full-fledged membership of organisation soon. President Asif Ali Zardari in his address to the six-nation summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana said: Pakistan is committed to combating terrorism, extremism and separatism. Similarly, drug production and trafficking is not only harming our people but also fuelling militancy and terrorism. These are serious threats to the security and well-being of our societies. The leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are meeting to discuss regional stability and security, including the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. Iran, Mongolia, India and Pakistan have observer status in the organisation. President Zardari said that Pakistan looks forward to enhancing its cooperation with the SCO to eliminate this menace from the region and expects to receive full-fledged SCO membership at the soon. We hope that our membership application will be put on a fast track In the meantime, Pakistan will participate in all of the SCOs peace and development programmes. President Zardari, who was accompanied by Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister A Rehman Malik and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, said Pakistan would like to join SCO initiatives to facilitate regional and trans-regional cooperation and trade. We would like to cooperate with regional countries in the financial and banking sector, the setting up of joint ventures, educational, infrastructural, and theological programmes, he said. He praised SCO for making significant contributions towards peace and development of the region in the last decade. Pakistan is delighted to associate itself fully with the ideals, values and purposes of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. We share the SCOs vision for the future. We uphold its objectives of regional peace and development. He expressed his pleasure that Afghanistan has decided to seek observer status with SCO. This indeed is a welcome development. President Karzai paid an important visit to Islamabad recently and we had excellent discussions on the way forward. President Zardari informed heads of states at the summit that the two countries agreed to cooperate in fighting terror and in promoting regional connectivity and economic and trade cooperation. We agreed that the way forward to entering in a new era of peace and prosperity is pragmatic cooperation. Calling the summit historic, the president said he wanted to convey to all friends and partners in the SCO, Pakistans firm resolve to work with them for the common goal of ensuring a bright future for their peoples. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday expressed their determination to continue close collaboration to further regional peace and stability. During a meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit, the two leaders held fruitful discussion on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. They said that in the spirit of good brotherly and neighbourly relations, Pakistan and Iran would explore new opportunities of economic cooperation.