January 13, 2022: The National Security Policy (NSP) 2022-2026 which articulates a citizen-centric framework, placing economic security at its core and seeking a secure and economically resilient Pakistan, will be launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.
The prime minister will launch the public version of the otherwise classified NSP, which is the first national security policy document of Pakistan.
The policy emphasizes a geo-economic vision to supplement the focus on geo-strategy and highlights that the foremost aim of Pakistan’s foreign policy and military capability is peace and stability in the region and beyond, based on mutual respect and sovereign equality.
The formulation process of the policy includes multiple consultations with official stakeholders and input from over 600 individuals, including national security experts.
“Our national security thinking seeks to identify means of expanding economic resources such that Pakistan can simultaneously strengthen its traditional and non-traditional security,” National Security Adviser to the PM Dr Moeed Yusuf said.
The main themes of the NSP are national cohesion, securing an economic future, defence and territorial integrity, internal security, foreign policy in a changing world and human security.
The policy is aimed at addressing three critical economic challenges, external imbalance, socio-economic inequalities, and geographic disparities between developed and under-developed regions of Pakistan.
The document emphasizes the non-negotiable focus on defence and territorial integrity of Pakistan, strengthening space-based technology and its application and combating hybrid warfare through enhancing information and cyber security.
Regarding internal security, the policy seeks to ensure writ of the state across the country, zero-tolerance towards terrorism, extremism, and violent sub-nationalism and fighting the menace of organized crimes.
The NSP will secure Pakistan’s interest and position globally. A just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions has been declared a vital security interest for the country.
The national security document will provide for pursuing youth-focused policies, guaranteeing food security, improve preventive healthcare and mainstreaming climate adaptation.