PM launched public version of National Security Policy 2022-2026

Pakistan to provide all out support to Afghan people to avert humanitarian crisis: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the public version of the first-ever National Security Policy of Pakistan, in Islamabad on Friday.

Addressing the launch ceremony, he said this all-encompassing policy will provide direction on all dimensions of national security. The Prime Minister said the security of a country is linked to its economic security, and the National Security Policy will help ensure inclusive growth in the country, leading every sector in one direction.

He said the security of a citizen in all aspects is a responsibility and a priority of a state; and the same is the concept of a welfare state.

The Prime Minister said on the pattern of the State of Madina, the PTI government has been endeavoring to serve people through multiple initiatives like universal health insurance, Ehsaas Programme, single national curriculum, and the struggle for rule of law.

Imran Khan said each family in the provinces being governed by the PTI will have health cards by March this year to have the free medical facility up to one million rupees annually. He said the initiative of developing a single national curriculum will greatly contribute to achieving national cohesion.

He said the incentives being provided to the business community resulted in the enhancement of exports, and a seventy percent increase has been witnessed in IT exports.

The Prime Minister said ten new dams are being constructed which will help ensure water security. He said the government’s initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change are being acknowledged at the international level. He said the measures for uplifting the downtrodden segments of society and the backward areas will also contribute to inclusive growth in the country.

Earlier, explaining salient features of the National Security Policy, National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf said this is a consensus umbrella document to guide every dimension of national security.

He said the comprehensive document has been prepared with input from all the relevant federal government departments, provincial governments, and experts. He said economic security has been defined in the policy, whose ultimate purpose is safety, security, dignity, and prosperity of citizens.

Moeed Yusuf said the policy focuses on good governance, education, geo-economics, and human security. He said an implementation framework has also been prepared to ensure the execution of the document.

The main sections of the document include National Security Framework, National Cohesion, Securing Our Economic Future, Defence and Territorial Integrity, Internal Security, Foreign Policy in a Changing World, and Human Security. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday emphasized on the importance of strengthening the role of parliament and effective legislation for the progress of the country. He was talking to Special Assistant to PM on Political Affairs and Chief Whip Malik Amir Dogar, who called on him here. Matters relating to Thursday’s National Assembly session and the legislation were discussed in the meeting. The Prime Minister thanked the Members of National Assembly (MNAs) belonging to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and allied parties for legislation on the country’s important matters and the passage of the Supplementary Finance Bill. Besides appreciating the efforts of Malik Amir Dogar in that respect he also sought the report on the participation of MNAs in NA sessions and legislation. The Prime Minister was directed to ensure the resolution of the constituency problems of the members, provision of development funds, and the completion of people-oriented welfare projects in the stipulated period. Meanwhile talking to the Apex Committee Prime minister expressed concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and vowed that Pakistan will not abandon Afghans in their time of need.

It renewed its appeal to the international community and relief agencies to provide aid at this critical juncture to avert economic collapse and to save precious lives in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the authorities concerned to explore bilateral cooperation with friendly countries as well to stave off humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan by exporting qualified and trained manpower especially in medical, IT, Finance, and accounting.

He also directed to extend cooperation in the fields of railways, minerals, pharmaceuticals, and media to help in Afghanistan’s rehabilitation and development.

Earlier the Apex Committee was updated on the progress made on relief of in-kind humanitarian assistance worth Rs. five billion which is comprised of food commodities including 50,000 MT of wheat, emergency medical supplies, winter shelters, and other supplies.

The Apex Committee was informed that Afghanistan was on the verge of a hunger crisis during this harsh winter. The crisis made it difficult for the people to get enough food and shelter. The committee resolved to stand together with the Afghan people and urged relief agencies to take immediate action.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information Minister Ch Fawad Hussain, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, National Security Advisor Dr. Moeed Yousaf, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and senior civil and military officers.

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