Senate panel holds in-camera session on security policy briefing

ISLAMABAD: National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf briefed the Senate Defense Committee on Friday about the distinctive features and key components. national security policy,

During a closed-door meeting in Parliament House, he briefed the committee about the process of policy making, which was initiated in 2014 when the National Security Division was formed.

“Over the past seven years, an intergovernmental consultation process was initiated with federal ministries, provincial governments and all other stakeholders. Academics, university students, independent policy experts and Discussions were also held with other members of the civil society.

Yusuf said that the National Security Policy builds on existing government policies and provides an overall umbrella document to guide future policy direction in areas affecting national security.

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“It also examines opportunities and challenges in a fluid global environment and prioritizes policy actions for implementation. Importantly, it has an annual review when it comes to ensuring policy continuity and building resilience on national security issues.” A new government comes to do it,” he said.

The Advisor said that the policy places economic security at the core of comprehensive security as it recognizes that only through increasing prosperity of citizens and overall national resources, Pakistan can invest more in strengthening human security and traditional security. could.

The Committee welcomed the policy as a good first step, built on the work on national security done by previous governments.

Committee chairman Mushahid Hussain Syed said that “in view of the changing global scenario, national security cannot be defined in terms of military, but it can be defined around human security challenges like health, population management, pandemics, climate change, food- Must revolve around Security, water scarcity and education”.

He underlined that the Kashmir issue and nuclear program are central to Pakistan’s core national interests and should be promoted and protected.

Published in Dawn, January 8, 2022