Pakistan is actively pursuing BRICS membership with the help of one of the bloc's original participants, Russia, as it tries to strengthen its ties with the alliance.

While Islamabad has used its close relationship with Moscow to secure a place in the BRICS, tensions remain with India, a long-time adversary that opposes Pakistan's inclusion due to historical conflicts.

India's reluctance stems from the fact that it does not agree to share the platform with Pakistan, which could potentially damage BRICS unity. Recently, Pakistani politician and senator Mushahid Hussain advocated for Pakistan's BRICS membership, while meeting with Russian senator Vladimir Chizhov to gain support from Moscow.

The relationship between Russia and Pakistan, spanning several decades now, includes cooperation in the fields of energy, connectivity, education and regional security. For Russia, the inclusion of Pakistan in BRICS can strengthen its influence within the bloc, and Islamabad is likely to coordinate its decisions with Moscow's interests, writes

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Pakistan's economic challenges further underscore the importance of BRICS membership, which offers the country a greater financial platform. However, the decision to extend an invitation to Pakistan remains uncertain, with the outcome of its potential inclusion in BRICS remaining shrouded in mystery.

India's objections are based on the perception that Pakistan offers almost no real contribution to BRICS, which could burden the alliance without corresponding benefits. India fears that Pakistan's inclusion could upset the balance in BRICS and undermine its effectiveness.

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