First ever National Security Policy will be announced by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, on Monday.
PM Khan has summoned a meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee which will be attended by senior military officials, including Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the country’s spy master Lt. Gen. Nadeem Anjum, as reported by Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain.
The civilian and military leadership will discuss internal and external security issues at the key meeting.
“It will be the first ever National Security Policy to be approved at the meeting and later it will be made public,” Hussain was quoted as saying.
He said the policy would cover all internal and external security aspects, including the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on Pakistan.
Earlier this month, a parliamentary committee on national security met under the chairmanship of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser for a briefing on the newly drafted National Security Policy, the office of the Pakistani national security adviser said in a statement.
The details of the policy were presented to the committee by National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr. Moeed Yusuf.
This was the first time in the history of Pakistan, according to the government, that a national security policy document that outlined “the challenges and opportunities facing Pakistan in the coming years” and which provided “policy guidelines for mitigation and actualizing opportunities through a whole-of-government approach” had been presented before parliament.
“Moeed explained that the National Security Policy is designed to leverage the symbiotic relationship between human security, economic security and military security with the prosperity and safety of citizens as its principal focus,” the statement read. “It [the policy] endeavors to put economic security at the core of policy priorities to expand the national resource pie for greater investments in human and military security.”
The process of consultations with relevant stakeholders for the formulation of the policy was initiated in 2014 after the establishment of the National Security Division, it added.