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Pakistan is going to host the 19th SAARC Summit

Pakistan is going to host the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad (capital city) and Murree on November 9 and 10, 2016. 
•    It will be the meeting of the head of states or head of government of the eight SAARC countries. 
•    SAARC is regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union in South Asia. 
•    It promotes development of economical and regional integration. 
•    As of 2015, SAARC member countries compromise of 3% of the world’s area, 21% of the world’s population and 9.12% of the global economy. 
•    Member Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan .
•    Nine observer states: Australia, China, European Union, Japan, Iran, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Korea, and United States. 
•    The idea for the SAARC was proposed by Ziaur Rahman, the then President of Bangladesh on May 2, 1980. 
•    The first SAARC summit was held in Dhaka (Bangladesh) in December 1985. 
•    The SAARC Secretariat was established in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 16 January 1987.

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