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Pakistan cabinet approves national security policy

(Sajjad Hussain)

Islamabad, Dec 28 (PTI) Pakistan’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the country’s first National Security Policy (NSP), emphasizing that economic progress is central to national security.

At the same time, opposition parties have criticized the move saying that the government ignored Parliament in formulating the new policy.

In a series of tweets, National Security Adviser Moeed Yousuf termed it as a “historic moment” for the country and said the Cabinet has approved the document, which was approved by the high-powered National Security Committee on Monday.

“This is indeed a historic achievement; a citizen-centred holistic national security policy, with economic security at its core, will be pursued quickly,” he said. This comprehensive document will help guide sectoral policies to meet our national security objectives going forward. ,

Yusuf thanked the civil and military leadership for their cooperation in formulating the policy and providing relevant information. He said that this would not have been possible without the constant leadership and encouragement of the Prime Minister.

“The success of this policy will depend on its implementation for which a plan has been developed,” he said. He said the public version of the NSP would be released separately by the Prime Minister later.

He said the work on the National Security Policy was going on since 2014 and it will be at the center of all decisions.

After getting the approval from the cabinet, the National Security Advisor also said that the main document is confidential. They include traditional and non-traditional security challenges, including the economy, food, water, military security, terrorism, population growth and dealing with the outside world, he said.

The policy was approved yesterday at the 36th meeting of the National Security Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. General Nadeem Raza, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, and the chiefs of the three services participated in it.

Meanwhile, the opposition accused the government of neglecting Parliament in formulating this policy. Pakistan Peoples Party leader Fartullah Babar said that this policy should have been based on the consensus of wider sections of the society.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former home minister countered that it was the first NSP and said that his party had announced NSP in 2013 itself.

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