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Time is not on South Asian nations' side

They should pursue bilateral, sub-regional arrangements to achieve greater regional integration, rather than through the regional grouping SAARC.

In the run-up to the Summit, it appeared that three agreements would be signed dealing with cooperation on energy, easier access for motor vehicles, and railways.

SINCE its inception in 1985, the effectiveness of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) - comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - to promote economic integration in South Asia has been questioned. One of the biggest