Approval of first national security policy no small feat, says Imran
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The National Security Council (NSC), which met on Monday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, approved the country’s first-ever national security policy, 2022-2026, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Imran said that the defence of the country was linked to the defence of its citizens. “Pakistan is fully capable of dealing with the internal as well as external threats to its security,” he said, adding that formulation and approval of the country’s first national security policy was no small feat.
He also praised the National Security Division and all the departments allied to it for making efforts for the formulation of the policy.
The prime minister called upon all the departments to adopt a cohesive strategy to ensure effective implementation of the policy.
He also directed his Adviser on National Security Moeed Yusuf to submit to him a monthly report so that he could know as to what extent the policy had been implemented.
Briefing the meeting on the salient features of the policy, Moeed Yusuf said it would center round the financial security of the people of Pakistan. “And the financial security of the citizens will ultimately guarantee them overall security,” Moeed emphasized.
He went on to add that under the policy weaker segments of the Pakistani society would be protected. “Besides that the policy will also ensure the country’s honour and prestige in the comity of nations,” he explained.
He told the meeting that detailed consultations were held with all federal government departments, provincial governments, security experts and the private sector during the formulation of the policy.
Federal ministers, chiefs of the country’s armed forces, Adviser to the PM on National Security Moeed Yusuf and senior civil and military officials attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, has said that after having received the NSC’s nod, the policy will now be taken up for discussion at the federal cabinet meeting to be held tomorrow (Tuesday, December 28, 2021).
Reporters: Awais Kiani and Kifayat Ali Shah