Pakistan announced on Monday (12 March) that it was pulling out of the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO).
Pakistan announced on Monday (12 March) that it was pulling out of the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO). Foreign Affairs adviser Agha Shahi told a news conference in Islamabad that the five-member alliance was longer relevant to Pakistan's security needs. Iran has also announced in would leave the alliance.
SYNOPSIS: The CENTO headquarters are in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The secretary-general of the alliance, General Kamuran Gurun,said from here on Tuesday (13 March) he had not been officially told that Pakistan and Iran were quitting, although the media had already reported the two withdrawals.
The moves had left Turkey as the only regional member of CENTO, which was set up in 1955. Britain in the other full member, and the United States has associate status.
Mr. Shahi announced Pakistan's decision to the news conference in the Foreign Office at Islamabad.