By virtue of being a member of the South East Asian Treaty Organisation and the Central Treaty Organisation
, which had Turkey as a member, Pakistan became a link in the US-led chain of anti-communist alliances that began at the Arctic Circle to end Down Under.
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) and Central Treaty Organisation
(CENTO) factor in the 1960s, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s, and 9/11 in the 2000s provided the background for generous aid flows that created additional space for expenditure on growth enhancing areas.
During the cold war when the world was divided into two blocs, Pakistan was on the side of America and was a part of Central Treaty Organisation
(CENTO), a least successful alliance made up of unlikely allies like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and the United Kingdom in 1955.
Pakistan joined the Cold War alliances, such as the Central Treaty Organisation
and Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation to prepare for a military response to India, while the US objective was to contain the Soviet Union.
Along with NATO and CENTO (Central Treaty Organisation
), it comprised a trio of collective security agreements underpinning the United States' global strategy of containment.
6 The CENTO, or Central Treaty Organisation
, a political-military alliance meant as a defence against the USSR, was signed in 1955 by which five countries?
In the 1950s, Arab countries like Egypt, Syria, Libya, etc, were unhappy with Pakistan because it had joined the Central Treaty Organisation
(CENTO) and Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO), and entered into a bilateral agreement with the US.
The 1955 Central Treaty Organisation
(CENTO) was originally named Middle East Treaty Organisation (METO) and latter modelled on the current Nato formula.
The military aid that we received for being a part of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation, the Central Treaty Organisation
or the Baghdad Pact did give an artificial boost to the economy and the political support to dictatorial regimes.