Launch of the public version of the national security policy

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday launched the country’s first-ever citizen-centric National Security Policy 2022-2026, saying inclusive development was inevitable for national security.

“Inclusive growth means not only uplifting the poor but also the neglected areas… (In this case) every ordinary man becomes a stakeholder in protecting the state… The greatest security is when people support the ‘State for its protection,’ the Prime Minister said. said at the launch ceremony for the public version of the otherwise secret document.

The prime minister, who signed the landmark document earlier, praised the National Security Division for formulating policy based on statewide consensus and defining national security in a “right way.”

The first of its kind in Pakistan’s history, the National Security Policy articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and striving for a secure and economically resilient Pakistan. The policy formulation process includes multiple consultations with official stakeholders, including federal ministers, 120 experts, 300 students and 600 people from all walks of life.

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The prime minister said the NSP will also help correct the dimension and help the whole machinery of government move in one direction to achieve national security and stability.

The President of the National Assembly, Federal Ministers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, heads of all services, diplomats, senior civilian and military officers attended the launch ceremony.

The Prime Minister stressed that our armed forces are our pride and seal the nation. Given the threats we face in the region and the growing threat of hybrid warfare, they would continue to receive even greater support and importance.

The Prime Minister explained the significance of his government’s successful initiative to produce the national security policy by calling it a top priority of his government.

He also stressed the importance of the successful implementation of the policy and announced that the National Security Committee (NSC) will regularly review the progress.

He said the NSP is centered on the government’s vision, which believes that Pakistan’s security is based on the security of its citizens.

Any national security approach must prioritize national cohesion and people’s prosperity, while ensuring fundamental rights and social justice without discrimination, he added.

The Prime Minister said that to realize the vast potential of citizens, it was necessary to promote good governance based on delivery.

The Prime Minister explained that the primary goal of foreign policy and military capability would remain peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Our foreign policy will also focus much more on economic diplomacy in the future, he noted.

The prime minister said national security is also compromised when the country had to approach the IMF to support its economy by agreeing to their terms. In such a case, the common man has to face the burden, he added.

Reiterating his vision to replicate state of medinathe Prime Minister said that in March, every family in the PTI-ruled provinces would enjoy health insurance of Rs 1 million per year, which was not even available in developed countries.

He also pointed to government initiatives such as interest-free loans for businesses, the ration subsidy program and housing construction loans for low-income groups.

He said that for the first time the government has introduced a national core curriculum as in the past the country had three parallel education systems of seminaries, English and Urdu middle schools.

Calling the rule of law a big challenge for the country, he said Madina State was the first to end discriminatory laws for rich and poor. He said that due to the absence of the rule of law, the country could not exploit its huge tourist potential in the northern regions which were much bigger and more beautiful than Switzerland.

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National Security Advisor Dr. Moeed Yusuf in his remarks briefly explained the National Security Policy vision and thanked the Prime Minister and all officials for their continued support.

Calling it a framework document linking all national security issues, Moeed Yusuf said Pakistan was among the few countries that have codified and made public its security policy.

He said the national security policy has taken a broad view of national security, as both traditional and non-traditional issues have impacted the country’s security.

While national security policy is centered on economic security, geostrategic and geopolitical imperatives also figure prominently to enhance Pakistan’s security and position in the world, he noted.

He stressed that it was a document finalized after full civil-military consensus.

He said the policy was also aimed at establishing good governance which was vital to protect the common man.

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Moreover, through quality education, it will also bring cohesion in society. He said geo-economics is no different from geo-strategy as Pakistan’s location could be used as a corridor for other countries to benefit from Pakistan’s economy.

He said the NSD would provide a monthly report to the National Security Committee on the implementation of the policy.

Courtesy: APP

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