ISLAMABAD, Dec 28, (Asia Free Press): Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) approved on Monday the country’s first-ever National Security Policy (NSP) from 2022 through 2026 to attain national goals pertaining to foreign, defence and economics with the immediate purpose of ensuring safety, security and dignity of citizens of Pakistan.
The 36th meeting of the NSC was chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, attended by the federal ministers for Foreign Affairs, Defense, Information and Broadcasting, Interior, Finance, Human Rights, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Chief of Army Staff (COAS), all Services Chiefs, the National Security Adviser, and other senior Civil-military officials.
While chairing the NSC’s said meeting, PM Imran Khan noted that the policy must guide all government necessities to ensure that their efforts are synchronised with the all over direction of the new policy.
“The security of Pakistan lies in the security of its citizens and that Pakistan was well prepared to meet any internal and offshore threat,” Imran Khan emphasised during NSC.
Moeed Yusuf, Advisor for National Security (NSA), presented the NSP for 2022-2026 to the NSC’s session participants.
NSA briefed the participants about the salient features of the policy by highlighting that Pakistan was shuffling to a comprehensive national security framework, whereby the prime purpose of the National Security is to ensure safety, economic security and dignity of citizens of Pakistan.
“A stronger economy would create additional resources that would, in turn, be judiciously distributed to bolster military and human security further,” NSA further added in his briefing.
Participants were informed that the NSP had been devised through a whole-of-government effort over the last seven years and included extensive consultations among federal government institutions, provinces and academia, and the private sector.
The NSP members, while approving the NSP document, praised the National Security Division (NSD) and all other government departments for their great efforts. The premier also has appreciated the NSD work and efforts by instructing the NSA to present an Implementation Progress Report (IPR) to the NSC every month.
The NSP document 2022-2026 will now be presented to the Federal Cabinet today before being officially adopted. Also, a public version of the document would be released after the permission of the powerful NSC.