Pakistan approves ‘citizen-centric’ National Security Policy
PAKISTAN: The National Security Committee (NSC) — the highest forum for coordination on security issues — on Monday approved the country’s first-ever National Security Policy aimed at strengthening the security apparatus to tackle all internal and external challenges as well as ensuring the protection of citizens.
The security policy was unveiled at the 36th NSC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan with participation from key ministers, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, all services chiefs, national security advisor and senior civil and military officers, according to a press release issued after the meeting.Briefing the meeting, National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf highlighted that Pakistan was shifting to a comprehensive national security framework while the ultimate purpose of national security was to ensure the safety and security of citizens.
The meeting was informed that the policy had been devised with the consultation of all stakeholders concerned, the official statement said.
“To ensure this citizen-centric approach to security, the NSP put economic security at the core,” Yusuf told the meeting.
According to the NSA, a stronger economy would create additional resources that would in turn be judiciously distributed to further bolster military and human security.
It was highlighted that a detailed implementation framework had been created through which the National Security Division would review progress in collaboration with relevant ministries and departments.