Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Friday, launched the country’s first-ever citizen-centric National Security Policy (NSP) 2022-2026, saying that inclusive development was inevitable for national security.
“Inclusive growth means not only to uplift the poor people but also the neglected areas. (In such case) Every common man becomes a stakeholder to protect the state. The biggest security is when people stand behind state for its protection,” the Prime Minister said, addressing the launching ceremony of the public version of the otherwise confidential document”.
The Prime Minister, who earlier signed the historic document, appreciated the National Security Division (NSD) for formulating a policy based on the consensus of the whole state and defining the national security in a “right manner.”
First of its kind in Pakistan’s history, the NSP articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and seeking a secure and economically resilient Pakistan. The formulation process of the policy includes multiple consultations with official stakeholders, including federal ministers, 120 experts, 300 students, and 600 people from all walks of life.
The premier said the NSP would also help in correcting the dimension and help the whole government machinery to move in one direction for achieving national security and stability.
Speaker National Assembly, Federal Ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, all services chiefs, diplomats, senior civil and military officers attended the launching ceremony.
The Prime Minister emphasized that our armed forces were our pride and glued the nation together. 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 of producing the NSP, calling it a major priority of his government.
He also highlighted the importance of the policy’s successful implementation and announced that the National Security Committee (NSC) would regularly review the progress.
He said the NSP centered on the government’s vision, according to which the security of Pakistan rested in the security of its citizens.
Any national security approach must prioritize national cohesion and the prosperity of people while guaranteeing fundamental rights and social justice without discrimination, he added.
The Prime Minister said, to achieve the vast potential of the citizens, it was necessary to promote delivery-based good governance.
He explained that the foremost aim of the 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 going forward, he remarked.
National Security Advisor, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, in his remarks, briefly explained the vision of NSP and thanked the Prime Minister and all officials for their constant support.
Calling it an umbrella document, linking all issues of national security, Moeed Yusuf said Pakistan was among a few countries that codified and publicized its security policy.
He said that the NSP had taken a broad view of national security as both traditional and non-traditional issues impacted the country’s security.
While the policy is centered around economic security, the geo-strategic and geo-political imperatives also feature prominently to strengthen Pakistan security and standing in the world, he remarked.
He highlighted that the document was finalized after a full civil-military consensus. He said the policy also seeks to bring about good governance, which was vital to protect the common man.
He said geoeconomics was not different from geostrategic as Pakistan’s location could be used as a corridor making other countries benefit from Pakistan’s economy.
He said the NSD would provide a monthly report to National Security Committee on the implementation of the policy.